Do you remember what you did with your very first paycheck? Pavin Smith will probably never forget what he did with his. The 21-year-old was the seventh overall draft pick in this year’s baseball draft. He signed to the Arizona Diamondbacks and was given a hefty $5 million bonus. Instead of dropping that money on a new house, a fancy car, or a ton of champagne, Pavin decided to do something a little more selfless: pay off his parents’ entire mortgage!
The first baseman penned a heartfelt letter to his parents explaining that their Christmas present was the mortgage payment. Then, he sat them down and filmed their reaction to reading it. Pavin wrote: “Thank you for raising me in a great home filled with love. Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours.” Despite the magnitude of this present, Pavin says it doesn’t even begin to make up for all that his parents have given him. I have to say I agree — if I could pay off my parents’ mortgage, I’m sure I would. READ MORE