In what has become a yearly tradition, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson played Santa for some lucky kids.
Since 2007, Johnson has taken needy children on Toys “R” Us Christmas shopping sprees, and this year was no different. The All-Pro gave eleven kids from Child Protective Services 80 seconds — and assistance from the Texans cheerleaders-turned-elves — to grab anything they wanted in the store and put it on him.
Now before you get on Johnson’s case for initiating a time limit, keep in mind that these kids still managed to do some serious damage.
$16,266.26 to be exact.
AND he bought every kid a gaming system and two games, on top of everything.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 2, 2014
This is why I love sports. DVD’s? I got it. Stuffed animals? Throw them in the cart. Miniature dirt bike and helmet? Put it on my tab.
This kid is ready to go. pic.twitter.com/2Z7yNX0MaK
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) December 2, 2014
“I’m pretty sure this is breathtaking for them,” Johnson told the press. “I couldn’t imagine this as a child. I always said if I ever made it, if I was blessed to make a lot of money, I always wanted to give back and do things for kids and just help people out. That’s why I do it.”
While his performance on the field may have declined in the past few years, his skills as a human being certainly have not.
Don’t go changin’ Mr. Johnson.