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Watch This NFL Player Treat Deserving Kids to a Holiday Shopping Spree

December 19, 2014
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Watch This NFL Player Treat Deserving Kids to a Holiday Shopping Spree
This is the seventh annual toy giveaway for Johnson, and one that saw him spend a total of $17,352. Flickr Creative Commons
For the eighth year in a row, the Houston Texans wide receiver plays Santa.

A group of Houston kids saw their Christmas wishes come true earlier this December when football player Andre Johnson surprised them with his annual toy giveaway.

With a shopping cart and some Houston Texans cheerleaders for assistance, the kids were given 80 seconds (Johnson’s jersey number) to tear through a Toys “R” Us for whatever toy they wanted.

The athlete started his touching annual tradition in 2007 to spread some holiday cheer to local children. This year, the 11 deserving recipients were from the Harris County Department of Family Protective Services and ranged in ages 8 to 16.

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To top it off, as he explains in the video below, the kids didn’t need to worry about accessing a goody, such as an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3, locked in a glass case since each one was going to receive whichever game system they wanted, plus a couple of games.

The final bill this year set Johnson back a cool $16,266.26. According to ESPN, his credit card company called him to make sure the purchase was legit (although they should probably come to expect the annual spending spree since he spent $17,352 last year and $19,000 the year before that).

“I just enjoy doing it,” Johnson tells the sports network. “… I always felt like if I was ever to make it, I wanted to give back. You go through stuff as a kid growing up. You understand certain situations. I understand some of the things these kids go through.”

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