Todd Gurley pays off layaway balances in Tarboro

Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams poses in the press room with the award for AP Offensive Player of the Year at the 7th Annual NFL Honors at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jeff Lewis/Invision for NFL/AP Images)

TARBORO — Last week NFL star and Tarboro native Todd Gurley paid off layaway balances at the Tarboro Walmart in coordination with the Pay Away the Layaway organization. The former Georgia Bulldog spent more than $6,000 to pay off layaway balances for about 50 families in his home county of Edgecombe according to WTVD.

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson spent more than $93,000 last week to payoff layaway balances at a New Orleans Walmart, according to WWL-TV in New Orleans.

Singer Kid Rock says he followed the lead of actor Tyler Perry by paying off the layaway items of hundreds of Walmart customers in Tennessee.

Walmart store manager Tom Meyer tells The Tennessean that Kid Rock spent $81,000 to pay the balances of 350 customer accounts at his store in Nashville.

Meyer calls it a “pretty Nashville proud moment.”

On Twitter, Kid Rock said, “great idea!” in a nod to Perry, who had posted a video Thursday saying he had paid off layaway balances at two Georgia Walmarts.

Meyer said Kid Rock called the store Friday. Kid Rock’s manager later came into the store to make the payment.

Kid Rock is a partner in a bar in Nashville.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.