Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson plays a position perhaps best known for cultivating “me-first” divas (Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, etc.), but he’s one of the true “good guys” in the NFL. Today, he proved it once again.
The quiet and unassuming (except when he’s playing against Cortland Finnegan) Johnson went on a shopping spree earlier today that’s become a bit of an annual tradition for him. Along with other members of the Andre Johnson Charitable Foundation, Johnson took 12 kids, each a survivor of abuse who was specially selected by Child Protective Services to be part of today’s event, to Toys “R” Us.
The kids were instructed to grab as many toys as they could in 80 seconds. And boy, did they ever.
“You hear a minute and twenty seconds, and you don’t think that’s a long time, but you’d be surprised by what these kids can put into their buckets,” said Johnson.
In the end, Johnson had racked up almost $20,000 in charges. Some of the kids went straight for the Barbie dolls, while others managed to grab big-ticket items like digital cameras. It’s safe to say that all of them will have plenty of new toys to play with this holiday season. Every child made sure to grab some gifts for family members and friends, too.
After the event, Johnson was asked what’s on his Christmas list. “That’s easy,” he answered. “A Super Bowl.”
A lot of fans of the Texans have the same exact wish. With the team currently sitting at 11-1, those wishes might just come true.