NFL Player Ryan Shazier Joins Teachers for $300 Back-To-School Shopping Spree

When the NFL star heard that the teachers were going to be rewarded for their hard work, he knew he had to get involved.

A group of 30 teachers from Fulton Elementary School in the Highland Park neighborhood of Pittsburgh gathered anxiously inside a JCPenney department store on Tuesday. They weren't exactly sure why they were called to meet there but were told it was for something good.

When the store's manager told the teachers that they were being given a $300 shopping spree the news was met with cheers and applause. The cheers grew louder when Steelers linebacker (and fan favorite) Ryan Shazier made a surprise appearance to help deliver the good news.

(Source: @shazier )

He addressed the excited crowd of teachers in a video released by KDKA-TV .

"Teachers have been really important to me my entire life," he told them. "A lot of my teachers are still there to support me, and they made me the man I am today."

Shazier is taking classes at Pitt this fall to finish a psychology degree he did not complete at his previous alma mater, Ohio State.

"It means so much more when you help people," Shazier told KDKA-TV Pittsburgh . "I thought it was amazing, and I know these teachers are helping so many children."

(Source: Ryan Shazier Official Facebook )

The store also donated $1,000 to buy new socks and underwear for the school's students.

The teachers smiled and took photos with Shazier before hitting the aisles with shopping carts and gift cards. Some commented on the store's kind gesture.

"We feel very appreciated," teacher Becky Mawk said. "We work hard and to be acknowledged and appreciated feels very good."

(Source: @becky_smiles1221 )

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