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(Yahoo)   Houston Texan's WR Andre Johnson doesn't drop much, unless it's $19,000 on a toy shopping spree for underprivileged kids. (with pics of what $19,000 worth of receipts look like)   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 45
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2012-12-04 08:52:14 PM  
I've got no snark for this. Nice guy, good player. I got nothing.
 
2012-12-04 09:55:05 PM  
Wait, I got snark. Here goes: $19,000? He couldn't pitch in an extra $1000? Cheap motherfarker.
 
2012-12-04 09:55:50 PM  
That's a world class move, Mr. Johnson, I salute you.
 
2012-12-04 09:57:52 PM  
Thanks for sharing subby, it's nice to know there are still some really great people who haven't let stardom cloud what is really important in life.
 
2012-12-04 09:59:45 PM  
Good guy. Nice move.

Credit to The U and Coach Coker.
 
2012-12-04 10:02:29 PM  
Didn't Shaq used to fill up a moving van full of toys every year? Always glad to see athletes giving back on their own accord, not because of a sentencing condition.
 
2012-12-04 10:06:37 PM  
Johnson is making $7 million bucks this year. 19 grand is a little more than pocket change to him.

Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.
 
2012-12-04 10:09:33 PM  
I don't know what to respect him for more, this or his beat down of finnegan. Uhh arrrr hmmm... Still leaning towards finnegan but I'm going straight to child's play
 
2012-12-04 10:10:50 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Johnson is making $7 million bucks this year. 19 grand is a little more than pocket change to him.

Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.


You don't need to sacrifice to do good. We don't know what his Miami charity costs. You think Bill Gates is hurting from his charity?
 
2012-12-04 10:18:10 PM  

simplicimus: You don't need to sacrifice to do good. We don't know what his Miami charity costs. You think Bill Gates is hurting from his charity?


That's why I said bully for him. Johnson's doing more charity than quite a number of people. But the guy is rich and emptying out his wallet once in front of a camera doesn't make him a hero. (Not to besmirch Johnson personally, but rather to needle subby for confusing a little generosity for heroism.)
 
2012-12-04 10:20:20 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Johnson is making $7 million bucks this year. 19 grand is a little more than pocket change to him.

Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.


Don't blame him, blame the kids for not getting more presents in 80 seconds.
 
2012-12-04 10:21:10 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: simplicimus: You don't need to sacrifice to do good. We don't know what his Miami charity costs. You think Bill Gates is hurting from his charity?

That's why I said bully for him. Johnson's doing more charity than quite a number of people. But the guy is rich and emptying out his wallet once in front of a camera doesn't make him a hero. (Not to besmirch Johnson personally, but rather to needle subby for confusing a little generosity for heroism.)


Got it. Sappy would have worked as well.
 
2012-12-04 10:34:39 PM  
Yea, he's been doing this kind of thing for YEARS. He's a good shiat.

...

And, yes, I agree his beatdown of Finnegan is a solid #2.
 
2012-12-04 10:35:32 PM  
I bet the Lions are thrilled they picked Charles Rogers over this guy :P

/sorry lions fans
//not only a great player but a hell of a classy guy
///that courtland finnegan got him to beat down his arse show just how much of an arshole finnegan is
 
2012-12-04 10:47:25 PM  
Not only is this awesome, but the kids get to play the Toys R Us version of Supermarket Sweep...all the toys you can grab in 80 seconds.

Good on ya Andre.
 
2012-12-04 10:49:27 PM  
images.cheezburger.com

/likes me some Andre Johnson
 
2012-12-04 10:57:06 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Johnson is making $7 million bucks this year. 19 grand is a little more than pocket change to him.

Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.


Who says this is the only charity he does? And even if he could afford more; how many people this wealthy do nothing but hoard it.

Grow up.

This is a real classy move and the man deserves praise. Did you read the article? These are kids in protective services who have been abused. It shows them that there are good people. The article also says they all grabbed toys for siblings too. So even with all the pain they've endured they still think of others.
 
2012-12-04 10:57:43 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Johnson is making $7 million bucks this year. 19 grand is a little more than pocket change to him.

Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.


It's only good if it hurts.

/a line that has never, in fact, helped my relationships
 
2012-12-04 11:21:52 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.


Can't we just give the guy credit for doing a really nice thing for these kids without qualifying it?
 
2012-12-04 11:40:36 PM  

GoldSpider: TofuTheAlmighty: Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.

Can't we just give the guy credit for doing a really nice thing for these kids without qualifying it?


Why give him credit? It barely put a dent in his bank account! Andre Johnson is clearly a piece of crap and deserves no praise.
 
2012-12-04 11:41:13 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Johnson is making $7 million bucks this year. 19 grand is a little more than pocket change to him.

Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.


He does things like this all year long in Houston and Miami.

I'm not going to link to it, but the tax forms are out there. (On an unrelated note, athletes and their family-member agents have to learn to hire a CPA or law firm to cover their tracks on their public tax forms for charities. It's kind of cool being able to call one of the greatest active wide receiver's wife on her cell phone if you feel like it, but damn, that and the family's home address on a single tax form? I digress.) The easiest to find, from 2007 shows he put $60k, into the Florida charity alone in 2006. That was on his rookie contract.

To be honest, I'm not sure I donated $60k in my lifetime to charity, so it's tought to judge him...
 
2012-12-04 11:44:05 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: Johnson is making $7 million bucks this year. 19 grand is a little more than pocket change to him.

Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.


I love tofu. Don't ruin it for me asshole.

/You may not be underpaid and underappreciated. It might just be that no one likes you.
 
2012-12-04 11:44:14 PM  

davidphogan: one of the greatest active wide receiver's wife on her cell phone if you feel like it, but damn, that and the family's home address on a single tax form?


To clarify, it was not Andre's, a different one I looked up for another reason.
 
2012-12-05 12:59:16 AM  
Darnell Dockett does this type of stuff every year as well but you don't hear about.

/because people thin he's a dirty player
 
2012-12-05 02:17:24 AM  

srtpointman: Wait, I got snark. Here goes: $19,000? He couldn't pitch in an extra $1000? Cheap motherfarker.


Not his fault abused children are slow.

/aisle, please
//80 seconds because that's how long it took him to beat the F out of Cortland innegan?
 
2012-12-05 02:56:56 AM  

ATRDCI: I bet the Lions are thrilled they picked Charles Rogers over this guy :P

/sorry lions fans
//not only a great player but a hell of a classy guy
///that courtland finnegan got him to beat down his arse show just how much of an arshole finnegan is


Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson on the same team? Every play would be a deep jump ball.
 
2012-12-05 03:52:25 AM  
That is .0095% of his yearly salary not including his endorsements. Throw a million out and it will impress me. His car probably cost $200,000, more than that. I am happy for these kids that were blessed this time of year by this gesture, however if were truly sincere, he would not have a photo-op of him holding the receipt. Just like A. Jolie... there are many orphaned children in the US. You people watch too much Entertainment Tonight.
Do what you can for others, not what you can to be noticed.
 
2012-12-05 05:05:50 AM  

JohnnyRebel88: That is .0095% of his yearly salary not including his endorsements. Throw a million out and it will impress me. His car probably cost $200,000, more than that. I am happy for these kids that were blessed this time of year by this gesture, however if were truly sincere, he would not have a photo-op of him holding the receipt. Just like A. Jolie... there are many orphaned children in the US. You people watch too much Entertainment Tonight.
Do what you can for others, not what you can to be noticed.


Booo...go back to poltics tab
 
2012-12-05 07:25:46 AM  

JohnnyRebel88: That is .0095% of his yearly salary not including his endorsements. Throw a million out and it will impress me. His car probably cost $200,000, more than that. I am happy for these kids that were blessed this time of year by this gesture, however if were truly sincere, he would not have a photo-op of him holding the receipt. Just like A. Jolie... there are many orphaned children in the US. You people watch too much Entertainment Tonight.
Do what you can for others, not what you can to be noticed.


Yeah. Also, these athletes and celebs usually set up their own charitable organizations primarily to reduce their taxes.Remember, they are the 1%.
 
2012-12-05 07:36:14 AM  
RTFA people. He didn't pay for this out of his own pocket. His foundation funded it.
 
2012-12-05 07:42:03 AM  
The only way this could be better is if it wasn't in the news.
 
2012-12-05 07:46:56 AM  

JohnnyRebel88: That is .0095% of his yearly salary not including his endorsements. Throw a million out and it will impress me. His car probably cost $200,000, more than that. I am happy for these kids that were blessed this time of year by this gesture, however if were truly sincere, he would not have a photo-op of him holding the receipt. Just like A. Jolie... there are many orphaned children in the US. You people watch too much Entertainment Tonight.
Do what you can for others, not what you can to be noticed.


It wasn't a big media event with photo ops. Fans that were there to see it, they wanted a picture of the receipt, and he let them take it, and then social media took affect.

He gives easily in the 6 figures every year to several charities. And trust me, after covering the guy for a few years in the media, I can tell you this, he's anything but an attention hound.

/don't be that guy, dude.
 
2012-12-05 07:47:52 AM  

FinFangFark: It wasn't a big media event with photo ops. Fans that were there to see it, they wanted a picture of the receipt, and he let them take it, and then social media took affect.

He gives easily in the 6 figures every year to several charities. And trust me, after covering the guy for a few years in the media, I can tell you this, he's anything but an attention hound.

/don't be that guy, dude.


Good to hear. I rescind my comment.

I like Andre.
 
2012-12-05 08:38:32 AM  
Yes, this is a class move.

Yes, it would have been nicer if all the TV cameras weren't around.
 
2012-12-05 08:54:16 AM  

Bullitt: Yes, this is a class move.

Yes, it would have been nicer if all the TV cameras weren't around.


Maybe he is trying to BRING AWARENESS to his charity foundation....

No, you're right..he is just doing this for a photo op...duuur 'merika
 
2012-12-05 09:15:58 AM  
theres a mastercard commercial in there somewhere.


giving kids free toys $19000

.....

beating the crap out of cortland finnegan, priceless
 
2012-12-05 09:56:52 AM  

GoldSpider: TofuTheAlmighty: Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.

Can't we just give the guy credit for doing a really nice thing for these kids without qualifying it?


No this generation can't. This "trophy for participation" generation has been told from the cradle how "special" they are and anytime someone else does something good, they get defensive and can't understand why everyone makes a big deal about it...meanwhile, they just went poopy in the potty and they want a ticker tape parade on their behalf like Mommy and Daddy did for them anytime they did anything routine.

I deal with snarky little shiats like this at work daily and they are petty, snarky, whiny little biatches who in the same breathe will say "where's my promotion" and then give a bazillion excuses why they can't do something basic that requires some ACTUAL WORK because "I've never done it before".

And here's the kicker...despite that snarky, dickhead exterior, they are all low self-esteem, insecure little children with ZERO backbone...aka, massive pussies. You put them in front of clients and anytime anyone pushes back the slightest, they fold like a cheap suits...but behind the anonymous nature of the internet, they can't stop talking shiat.

/nutjob rant over
//getting off soapbox
///get off my lawn
 
2012-12-05 10:27:29 AM  

Coach_J: GoldSpider: TofuTheAlmighty: Bully for him, sure, but it's not like he's making much of a sacrifice.

Can't we just give the guy credit for doing a really nice thing for these kids without qualifying it?

No this generation can't. This "trophy for participation" generation has been told from the cradle how "special" they are and anytime someone else does something good, they get defensive and can't understand why everyone makes a big deal about it...meanwhile, they just went poopy in the potty and they want a ticker tape parade on their behalf like Mommy and Daddy did for them anytime they did anything routine.

I deal with snarky little shiats like this at work daily and they are petty, snarky, whiny little biatches who in the same breathe will say "where's my promotion" and then give a bazillion excuses why they can't do something basic that requires some ACTUAL WORK because "I've never done it before".

And here's the kicker...despite that snarky, dickhead exterior, they are all low self-esteem, insecure little children with ZERO backbone...aka, massive pussies. You put them in front of clients and anytime anyone pushes back the slightest, they fold like a cheap suits...but behind the anonymous nature of the internet, they can't stop talking shiat.

/nutjob rant over
//getting off soapbox
///get off my lawn


tough week at the office bro?
 
2012-12-05 02:22:16 PM  
That's awesome, but what's with the time limit? How about give them an hour and just say "No more than 12 items per person" so they can actually make some discriminating choices?
 
2012-12-05 02:31:51 PM  

octopied: That's awesome, but what's with the time limit? How about give them an hour and just say "No more than 12 items per person" so they can actually make some discriminating choices?


#80, his jersey.
 
2012-12-05 10:38:45 PM  
Awesome act - but was a little turned off by the posing with the receipts. It's as if to say "LOOK HOW NICE I AM. EVERYONE LOOK!"

To be fair I don't know the back story. His agent or the store may have wanted the pic etc.
 
2012-12-05 11:07:29 PM  

BrotherMalcolm: Awesome act - but was a little turned off by the posing with the receipts. It's as if to say "LOOK HOW NICE I AM. EVERYONE LOOK!"

To be fair I don't know the back story. His agent or the store may have wanted the pic etc.


Take a look at the picture quality. It's not very good, so it's unlikely that it's a posed glamour shot. Somebody probably asked him "Hey Dre, hold up the receipt!" because it does look pretty impressive when you see 19,000 bucks worth of purchases itemized like that. It's one thing to read "$19,000 worth of toys", it's another when you see just how many toys that is.
 
2012-12-06 03:57:04 AM  
I have some follow up questions:

Are there restrictions to what they can get? Could they just start stacking Nintendo Wii's in their cart? Do they go one at a time or all together? What if that bastard in the front takes all the Legos?

Just curious..
 
2012-12-06 10:26:24 AM  
This is awesome in so many ways. First off, the fact he did it. Secondly, having the kids pick their own toys and he foots the bill. Double awesome. Sure, it was a time limit associated with his jersey number, but that just added to the excitement for the kids.

My brother in law was an at risk youth in Kansas City. Being one of the super poor from the worst areas of the city, Derrick Thomas held a football seminar for at risk kids that he got to attend. My BiL didn't care about football, had no idea who Derrick was or why it was important, he just knew it was going to be a bus ride to a free lunch. Then he entered Arrowhead stadium and got to meet Derrick Thomas. To this day he is a die hard Chiefs fan and Derrick Thomas was his hero growing up. He said the compassion and care he showed all the kids that day was incredible. It wasn't some photo op for Derrick, he actually cared about the kids and the positive impact his Third And Long Foundation had on the kids.

So, good on ya, Andre Johnson! I hope you do this every year and realize the positive impact of what you've done. You've made Christmas something special for a group of kids. It amazing that 12 kids could pile up $19,000 in toys in 80 seconds, but, hey, kids surprise us in all sorts of ways, including being money sinks.
 
2012-12-06 11:27:12 AM  

HST's Dead Carcass: This is awesome in so many ways. First off, the fact he did it. Secondly, having the kids pick their own toys and he foots the bill. Double awesome. Sure, it was a time limit associated with his jersey number, but that just added to the excitement for the kids.

My brother in law was an at risk youth in Kansas City. Being one of the super poor from the worst areas of the city, Derrick Thomas held a football seminar for at risk kids that he got to attend. My BiL didn't care about football, had no idea who Derrick was or why it was important, he just knew it was going to be a bus ride to a free lunch. Then he entered Arrowhead stadium and got to meet Derrick Thomas. To this day he is a die hard Chiefs fan and Derrick Thomas was his hero growing up. He said the compassion and care he showed all the kids that day was incredible. It wasn't some photo op for Derrick, he actually cared about the kids and the positive impact his Third And Long Foundation had on the kids.

So, good on ya, Andre Johnson! I hope you do this every year and realize the positive impact of what you've done. You've made Christmas something special for a group of kids. It amazing that 12 kids could pile up $19,000 in toys in 80 seconds, but, hey, kids surprise us in all sorts of ways, including being money sinks.


He's been doing this for several years. Local media has done short pieces on it every year, but b/c this picture hit the intarwebs and social media, it became a bigger story. He usually shies away from photo ops when it comes to his charities. He donates to U of M, and has several other foundations he donates to, but he's a very quiet personal guy.

You're right, when these guys give back, sometimes it sticks with a kid just the kindness of someone, and effects them in a positive way.
 
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