Andre Johnson a True Professional
Patrick D. Starr
When the Houston Texans clinched the division on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, veteran wide receiver was presented a game ball from head coach Gary Kubiak despite not playing a down with a hamstring injury. He was presented with the ball for all of the time he has spent with the Texans, and being the longest tenured Texans player since 2003.
The surprised Johnson was grateful for this moment and is looking to come back before season's end and make his first ever playoff performance for the Texans.
To make matters even better on Tuesday, Johnson who is active in the community asked the Child Protective Services to choose 13 kids for his fourth annual shopping spree for Christmas. He took the kids to the local Toys-R-Us and gave the children 80 seconds to run wild in the store. After fitting the seven-foot long bill that totalled, $17,260.57, he made 13 children's Christmas' a dream come true.
After the shopping spree he has adopted a Houston area school which he visits 3 times a year and helped pass out 60 bicycles to high achieving, needy students for the holidays. He said:
“It’s something I look forward to every year,” Johnson said. “Nothing beats these kids. You never know what they would’ve received for Christmas, but they’re happy now. It’s pretty awesome to see the smiles on their faces.
“I grew up when there were times at Christmas I couldn’t get what I wanted. I’ve had some friends who couldn’t get anything. I’m blessed to be able to play a game that I love and make a lot of money doing it. I always said that when I got to this position that I’d give back.”
It is great to see the Texans organization has a true professional on their team and it is great to see him give back to the community that follows his every step. In a time where there is individualism in professional sports, it shows that Johnson still shows the good in the game, and shows that the #80 will be high in the rafters of Reliant Stadium after he retires.
*quote taken from Houston Texans.com*