Each year, players who are a part of teams participating in bowl games get all kinds of swag in “swag bags” given to them by the bowl organizers which include merchandise, gift cards, and other items from the companies and organizations sponsoring the games.
The Virginia Tech Hokies– headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the 28th– are one of the teams that received these swag bags. One of the items included in them was a $470 gift card to electronics retailer Best Buy, which at least one of the Hokies players decided to use for a purpose other than his own.
Hokies CB Antone Exum visited a local Best Buy and gave away his $470 gift card to three young guys from the Bahamas he met in the store:
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— Antone Exum Jr. (@IAmSwag1) December 24, 2012
This tweet flew around the Internet yesterday afternoon and this morning, and rightfully should. It’s a totally selfless deed from from the junior cornerback who has proven– even if in one brief moment in time– that his priorities are firmly fixed during a holiday that can so often be things-centric and about acquiring stuff.
I’m sure these three young guys from the Bahamas will never forget that day and will remember Antone Exum as their own personal Santa each time they watch him take the field next season in Blacksburg– assuming he doesn’t declare for the NFL Draft, that is– and will hold him in high regard for the rest of their lives.
We need more short-term heroes like this.
Hopefully Antone Exum won’t be the last.