Andre Johnson Releases Statement, Instagram Photos of Toy Giveaway

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

Nov 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) reacts during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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If you weren't already a huge fan of Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson, you're about to be.

For the holiday season—and for the seventh consecutive year—Johnson gave 12 kids from Children's Protective Services and their brothers and sisters a total of 80 seconds to grab whatever they could from a Toys"R"Us store, while also giving every child a gaming system and two games.   

As you might imagine, the kids had a blast. And as you also might imagine, the bill was far from cheap, as the total tab for the event came out to a whopping $17,352. Not a bad haul for those kids, huh?

You can watch a recount of the event here:

On the morning of Dec. 10, Johnson took to Instagram to announce he was once again doing the event:

Here are the kids at the checkout line with their new toys:

And here's Johnson with an incredibly large bill:

Finally, here's an Instagram video that Johnson posted that focuses on the excited kids that day:

Not only is Johnson's toy giveaway a really cool and charitable act, but having the kids run around the store and pick out the toys themselves will also be an amazing memory they'll have forever. That's pretty much every kid's dream, right?

For those kids, this will always be a truly special holiday season and one they'll never forget. For the rest of us, it's a reminder that the holidays should be about more than just getting all of the gifts on our wish list. It's also a chance to give back to those less fortunate.

And you don't need to be a millionaire athlete to do that.

Johnson and his teammates face the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts in Week 15. Houston (2-11) certainly hasn't had the success it had hoped for heading into the 2013 season, but Johnson has continued his steady run of consistency. The veteran has 95 catches for 1,277 yards and five touchdowns, all despite various changes under center.   

He continues to be a star on the field and, as his generosity from this toy giveaway shows, a role model off it.


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