Exum posing with the three kids after their shopping spree.(Photo: Antone Exum, Instagram)
Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY Sports
Santa has made his list and checked it twice, trying to find out
who's been naughty or nice, and Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum has
passed the test with flying colors.
Exum, like every player
participating in the Russell Athletic Bowl - Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers
on Dec. 28 - received a $500 gift card to Best Buy as part of his
bowl-game goodie bag. (Every player on every team participating in the
postseason receives some sort of swag from the bowl's operators.)
Exum didn't spend his gift card on himself, outside of $30 on
headphones. Instead, and in the spirit of the holidays, Exum used the
vast majority of his gift card to treat three kids to a shopping spree.
In a tweet he sent out on Christmas Eve along with a photo, Exum wrote:
my $470 Dollar Best Buy Gift Card From The Bowl Game on These Three
Kids I Met from Bahamas I Met In The Store!! Made Their Christmas!!"
"It was really all wants," Exum said of his original shopping list, writes Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times. "It wasn't anything that I needed or anything, so I just put it back and tried to help some kids out."
three kids - two brothers and a cousin visiting from the Bahamas - put
Exum's card to good use, buying a PlayStation 3, some controllers, some
video games and a Blackberry, Bitter writes.
Since the total was more than $500, two of Exum's teammates, Tariq Edwards and Marcus Davis, covered the difference.
just came down to at the end of the day, I was blessed to have a lot of
fortunate Christmases when I was a kid. So I hope that every kid
deserves to have those perfect Christmases... So when I had the chance, I
wanted to give those kids the chance to shop in my cart and get anything
they wanted and hopefully it's a Christmas that they won't forget. And I
know that it was a Christmas that I won't forget because I won't forget
those smiles and the excitement on their faces when I told them they
could get whatever they wanted in the store."
Exum wears jersey No. 1, by the way, because I know you'll be looking for him during Friday's bowl game against Rutgers.