Christmas came a few weeks early for a group of underprivileged children in Houston. Santa Claus came in the form of a 6'3'' former NFL player. According to TMZ, seven-time pro bowler, Andre Johnson invited children to a Toys "R" Us store in Texas. The children had 80 seconds to grab whatever their hands could rack up and put the items in a shopping cart. The number of seconds the children had isn't random.

Johnson wore number 80 as a Texan. The former University of Miami football star is the gift that keeps on giving. This is the ninth year he invited kids to a Christmas shopping spree. Cheering the children on on the sidelines were the Texans cheerleaders. The children also got a gaming console and games to accompany whatever they were able to get their hands on. TMZ also reports that a representative for Johnson says the total for the Christmas extravaganza was a whopping $20,000.

Statistics of children living in poverty in Texas

As mentioned earlier, this is Andre Johnson's ninth year giving back to the Houston community. According to the 2015 State of Texas Children report, more than 1.7 million children in the Lone Star state live in poverty (25 percent of all children living in Texas). The federal poverty threshold for a family size of four is $23,624 annual income.

Other NFL stars give back this holiday season

Giving season started during the Thanksgiving holiday for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

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The NFL QB fed 800 underprivileged children in Charlotte, N.C. It was his fourth year hosting "Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam." The children were also treated to a meal to take home to their families.

Andre Johnson retires on Halloween

Andre Johnson continued his Santa Claus duties despite announcing his retirement in October. He played 14 seasons in the NFL. After being drafted from the University of Miami in 2003, he played 12 successful years with the Houston Texans and then suited up to play with the Indianapolis Colts last year before signing on with the Tennessee Titans this season.

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