Dec 27, 2012, 4:37 PM EST
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.
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