DALLAS -- Christmas came early for a few North Texas kids Wednesday morning, and the gifts were provided by one of the most athletic Santas anyone's ever seen. Former Horned Frog and NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson was on hand to brighten everyone's day at Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth.
“I've always been a part of this community, so this is part of our Christmas program," Tomlinson said. "This is our first year. We're happy to be partnered with Cook Children's Hospital.”
But the gridiron giveaways didn't stop there.
In Dallas, Washington and Southern Miss, the teams that will play against each other in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl, put the competition aside for at least one day in the name of charity.
Players like Southern Mississippi’s Wil Freeman served holiday meals at the CitySquare Opportunity Center in the name of fighting poverty, “It's good just to give back when you have that much given to you. It's good to give back to others.”
So, when this game kicks off the day after Christmas, just know that the X's and O's extend beyond football. Those X's and O's also represent compassion for people in need, young and old, something Tomlinson is very aware of.
“They remember what you've done on the football field for only a small amount of time," Tomlinson explained. "But what you do to impact the community, they'll remember for the rest of their lives.”