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Va. Tech’s Antone Exum spends his bowl game swag in most awesome way possible

Dec 27, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

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Of course you’re familiar with the free gift packages that are given out to college players at bowl games — this year such as iPad Minis at the Alamo Bowl, and wide-screen TVs at the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The NCAA allows bowl organizers to hand out up to $550 worth of gifts to each player, which is pretty cool, I guess.

Virginia Tech is playing in the Russell Athletic Bowl, which gave each participant a $470 gift card. So defensive back Antone Exum and a couple of teammates headed to Best Buy for a shopping spree … only it didn’t exactly go as he expected. Seeing three kids playing a video game in the store, Exum had a burst of holiday inspiration — he told the kids they could have anything in the store they wanted, and used his gift card to pay for it. The Orlando Sentinel:

“I think I was blessed to have a lot of fortunate Christmases when I was a kid, so I hope that every little kid deserves to have a perfect Christmas,” said Exum, a Virginia native recalling his Tuesday night spree before his team took to the practice field at the Citrus Bowl Wednesday.

Exum bought the three kids a Playstation 3, a blackberry phone, and some games.

“I had my cart with my stuff in it, and I saw them walking and I was already thinking about it, so I put my stuff back and I was looking for these kids,” said Exum, who said he saw the children earlier in the visit. “They were playing on the PS3 [display]. That’s actually what the littlest one ended up getting. I think that’s what he wanted for Christmas.”

And all I wanted for Christmas was this story. And an iPhone. With an e-trade app.

  1. vbgnola - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    What a great heart and great display of the Christmas spirit. I hope this good deed comes back to you Mr. Exum, ten-fold. It is wonderful to hear the good that student athletes do, which is often times ignored.

  2. metalhead65 - Dec 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    nice story until the ncaa steps in and suspends them for improper use of the gift card for not using it on themselves which is a violation of ncaa rules. then of course the kids will be prohibited from playing college sports when they grow up for receiving improper benefits as children by accepting the gifts. hey it is the ncaa do not put anything past them.