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June 10, 2014

Greg Olsen picks up pizza tab for scouts


Panthers TE Greg Olsen with members of Pack and Troop 63 from Charlotte after Olsen surprised the scouts by buying their dinner last week.

NFL players picking up restaurant tabs has been a bad look since Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson recently tweeted a picture of a receipt from a $17,000 dinner the team's rookies were expected to pay.

But Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen generated some goodwill among a Charlotte boy scout troop last Friday when he took care of the scouts' bill at the Mellow Mushroom in uptown.

Tommy Lee Hayes-Brown, the cubmaster for Pack 63 from Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, said the scouts were eating pizza before heading to the Charlotte Knights game.

Olsen noticed the group on the outdoor patio, walked out and struck up a conversation. Unbeknownst to Hayes-Brown, Olsen then paid for the dinner for the group of 40 scouts, parents and siblings.

Hayes-Brown, who contacted the Observer about Olsen's gesture, estimated the tab was at least $500.

"I'm not into sports. I didn't know Greg Olsen from anyone and celebrity doesn't really impress me," Hayes-Brown said. "But what impresses me is people who care and want to make a difference."

Hayes-Brown, 48, who has four sons in scouting, said Olsen gave him his email address and told him to contact him if there was anything he could help with in the future.

"I'm a marketer by trade," Hayes-Brown said. "So when somebody says, 'Get in touch with me,' believe me they're going to hear from me."

Hayes-Brown has already been in touch with Olsen -- to thank him.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 10, 2014 at 02:47 PM | Permalink


Class Act all the way

Posted by: Josh | Jun 10, 2014 2:51:51 PM

Two dozen boys can eat a LOT OF PIZZA!

Posted by: criolle | Jun 10, 2014 3:41:40 PM

Proud to have him as a panther.

Posted by: jaysonH | Jun 10, 2014 3:50:43 PM

Outstanding! What a class act by a classy guy! It's wonderful having Greg Olsen as a representative of the Panthers.

Posted by: Roger Goodell | Jun 10, 2014 5:23:16 PM

That's Big Time GEE ,YOU DA MAN!

Posted by: Greg | Jun 10, 2014 8:01:03 PM

Greg is a guy who understands that being given a dump truck full of money to play sports gives him an opportunity to enrich others lives. You have my salute of the day sir!!!

Posted by: deepenwide | Jun 10, 2014 8:25:45 PM

Nice gesture.
Now, you hear it here first. I predict King to win the starting #2 WR position after training camp.

Posted by: Roosevelt | Jun 10, 2014 8:57:30 PM

Love that the guy is going to call Olsen up looking for more free handouts.

Posted by: Ted | Jun 10, 2014 9:24:29 PM

LOL!! Things were getting a bit too sappy for me too.

Posted by: Roosevelt | Jun 10, 2014 9:30:56 PM

Awesome Greg. Very cool.

Posted by: Amazed2 | Jun 11, 2014 1:07:19 AM

Hayes-Brown better be a Panther's fan now, lol!

Great thing you did, Mr Olsen.

Posted by: TJW | Jun 11, 2014 9:00:24 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jun 11, 2014 9:08:49 AM

One of the few bright spots in Marty Hurney's tenure with the Carolina Panthers. Real class act. Glad to call him a Panther!!!

Posted by: El | Jun 11, 2014 10:17:32 AM

Good job Greg.

@Roosevelt - agree with you on King, he was a great snag off the DEN practice squad, had good hands for UGA.

Posted by: manu4t | Jun 11, 2014 10:38:20 AM

One of my favorites. This guy and Kuechly are pure class.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 11, 2014 11:08:42 AM

A class act by a Jersey guy!

Posted by: Frank | Jun 22, 2014 7:29:52 PM

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