Former Texans receiver Andre Johnson is still buying toys for Houston kids

Andre Johnson is still making a difference for kids in his adopted hometown. 
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Andre Johnson hasn’t let his departure from the Texans disrupt an important tradition. 

Every year since 2008, Johnson has taken a group of Houston-area kids in need to Toys R Us for a shopping spree. Whatever they can get their hands on in 80 seconds (80 being Johnson’s jersey number), Johnson pays for.

Even when he left the Texans after the 2014 season, he kept the tradition going. He had to Skype in from Indianapolis last year when he played for the Colts. He played for the Titans this year but retired in October, freeing him up to go back to Houston for this year’s event. 


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This year there were 12 kids from the Harris County Department of Family Protective Services, and every one of them also got an XBox. The grand total was $19,144.58, with a receipt about as long as Johnson’s average reception.