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NFL Player Leaves $1,000 Tip at Kansas City Restaurant

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Here's a nice story: After a particularly successful Sunday game with six tackles, two and half sacks, and a win over Houston, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali spread the love by tipping a local restaurant server $1,000. Apparently Hali is a repeat diner at the Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao where he brought "up to 15 guests" on Sunday, KCTV 5 reports. The group racked up an $1,800 bill, to which the restaurant automatically added a $300 tip. Hali left $1,000 in addition, which was split among some 12 waiters, according to ABC5.

While it was certainly a kind gesture, a commenter on the KCTV post point out that Hali is a millionaire. (In 2011 he signed a $57.5M contract with a $35M guarantee.) Even so, server Joshua Roan seems pretty pleased with the tip, saying "it made our day." In the video below, Roan tells the story of the big tip from the big football player. Go, watch:

Video: Tamba Hali leaves extra $1,000 tip at Plaza restaurant

· Tamba Hali leaves extra $1,000 tip at Plaza restaurant [KCTV]
· NFL linebacker Tamba Hali Leaves $1000 Tip [ABC5]
· All Receiptocity Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Fogo de Chao

222 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64112