William Paterson football players pay honestly in empty store

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It’s bizarre that a simple, honest act would make national headlines. However, following a college football offseason filled with partying, fights, dismissals, arrests, payment scandals and even a heinous raping at Vanderbilt, the video below serves as a breath of fresh air.

Anthony Biondi, Jelani Bruce, Kell’E Gallimore and Thomas James have all brought a wave of positivity to William Paterson University and its football program. The four student athletes at the Division III, New Jersey-area school were shopping at a convenience store. The lights were on and the door was wide open.

They had no idea the store was officially closed for the day. When they went to pay, the young men policed themselves, leaving the money (and even exact change: At one point, one of the players mouths the word “tax” into the surveillance camera as he pulls change from his pocket) on the counter for the store to receive later.

This footage went viral instantly, and they have since been interviewed by Matt Lauer on The Today Show.

“This is a great opportunity to further our dreams,” said Bruce, 21, of East Orange. “We don’t want to be judged by the color of our skin or by our hairstyle or by how young we are.”

Well said, extremely well said. Below is the actual surveillance camera footage of the event. Scroll down to see their Today Show interview in full.

[H/T: Gothamist]