Who knew that Santa could run like lightning and own opposing defenses?
Here’s an NFL story designed to warm your heart and terrify your wallet. Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, one of the league’s unquestioned good guys, on Tuesday performed what’s becoming an annual ritual for him: a Toys “R” Us shopping spree for at-risk youth in Houston.
Johnson’s foundation performs several works throughout the year for children in both Houston and Johnson’s Miami hometown. But he told the team’s website that it’s the Toys “R” Us event that he enjoys the most.
“I think it’s probably the best one because you get to see the kids really enjoy it,” he said. “That’s what this season is about. It’s something I look forward to. The kids are happy, they get what they want for Christmas, and that’s all that matters.”
After the spree, Johnson also joined the Houston Police Department’s Blue Santa program to surprise 800 students at Houston’s Bastian Elementary School with Christmas presents.
Andre Johnson is an unusual professional athlete. He’s a grown up who doesn’t go around seeking publicity by any means necessary for its own sake. The NFL could use a lot more like him. So could America, actually.