Christmas Through The Cowboys' Eyes

Brodrick Brown

Brodrick Brown

Dec. 23, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. - We asked several Oklahoma State football players what the most memorable Christmas gift they've ever received was and also how they celebrate Christmas. Their answers:

Running Back Jeremy Smith
On how he celebrates Christmas:
"We usually all get together. I have family in Arkansas and they all come down. We usually meet at my uncle's house and have a big gathering with about 40 or 50 people there."

On his most memorable Christmas gift:
"It was probably a skateboard, during my skateboarding days. I used to always want to be like Tony Hawk. I ended up breaking that skateboard trying to pop an Ollie."

Linebacker Caleb Lavey
On his most memorable Christmas present:
"The Nintendo 64 was probably one of my favorites just because I'm still playing that thing. Mario Kart. Undefeated. I'm unbelievable at it."

On how he celebrates Christmas:
"We started a tradition to go eat Chinese food and watch a movie when we started going skiing during Christmas. Now that I'm playing football, we can't really do that. But this year we're going to go eat some Chinese food and see a movie on Christmas Eve, then go to bed and wake up for Christmas. We read a Christmas story in the morning and then open presents."

Fullback Kye Staley
On how he celebrates Christmas:
"We all get together in one place. Most of my family is from Wichita or Guthrie. We'll usually meet up there and pick a color every year that all of us wear and we take pictures and all of that. A lot of food, a lot of family. All that."

On his most memorable Christmas gift:
"Back when I was younger, I was a huge Ninja Turtle fan. My grandma got me this little car that the Ninja Turtles get in. It shot little missiles. I may still have it to this day, it was from her. She passed away in 1998 and I remember her giving me that. It was the one thing I really wanted and she got it for me. That was one of the most memorable Christmases that I've had."

 

 

Quarterback J.W. Walsh
On his most memorable Christmas present:
"When I was a little kid, I was always asking for a horse. Of course, I would never get a horse, but when I woke up Christmas morning there was a gift from Santa. It was one of those bouncy horses on springs. I will always remember running into the living room, and there was that horse."

On how he celebrates Christmas:
"Our whole family lives in Abilene, so we always go to Abilene to hang out with the family."

Defensive End Tyler Johnson
On how he celebrates Christmas:
"Wow, paper everywhere. Loud. A lot of food. Just cutting up and having a good time. My uncle, my three brothers, all my cousins, I would estimate a good 40 people - and some of them aren't even in our family."

On his most memorable Christmas gift:
"A basketball. I remember getting my first basketball that had a goal with it when I was probably about seven years old. My mom recorded it on her cassette tape. I watch that film every once in a while. I got that basketball and wouldn't stop shooting."

Fullback/Tight End Jeremy Seaton
On how he celebrates Christmas:
"I normally have breakfast with my mom and open presents there. Then we'll go to my dad's grandma's and have family show up. There are usually about 20 or 25 people there."

On his most memorable Christmas gift:
"Me and my brother, when we were about six or seven, we got this Jeep power wheels car that could go forward and reverse. We drove around in it until we broke it just two weeks later. It was meant for just one person, but the two of us would get in, ride it around and pop wheelies and stuff. My parents about killed us."

Cornerback Brodrick Brown
On his most memorable Christmas present:
"I'd probably say one of those Power Wheels. It was a little truck. As a kid, you always want something that drives. I was driving that thing up and down the street all day."

On how he celebrates Christmas:
"We go to my grandparents' house down in Shreveport, Louisiana. We have a Christmas party and exchange gifts. And of course we have lots of food. You can't forget the food."

Kicker/Punter Quinn Sharp
On how he celebrates Christmas:
"My mom was a big decorator. We've actually had people come through our house and do the decorator homes, so it's always been pretty festive because she's into that. It's nice because it's a very warm feeling when you come home and it's cozy like that."

On his most memorable Christmas present:
"Probably my Ken Griffey, Jr., cleats when I was younger for baseball. I remember sleeping in them when I first got them. They were metal spikes. It wasn't the smartest thing I've ever done, but I was obviously really excited to get them."

Offensive Lineman Lane Taylor
On how he celebrates Christmas:
"I always open up presents on Christmas Day. I always have cinnamon rolls with icing on them. We usually go to my aunt's house. About 20 or 25 of us come together there as a family."

On his most memorable Christmas present:
"Probably my Nintendo 64 or Playstation, or something like that. That was pretty cool. That was a while ago."

Linebacker Cooper Bassett
On how he celebrates Christmas:
"Well, I have an older sister, she has two daughters and one son. I have a great brother-in-law, so Sunday, when I get done with practice and get home, we're going to have the Hatchers family Christmas with them. Then every year, my dad, my brother, and I go out to eat, see a movie, and go shopping for my mom. That's kind of our father-son time to go splurge on my mom and get her gifts. Unfortunately with practice, we may have to go on Christmas Eve which may be a little hectic. I'm a 22-year-old grown man and my brother is an 18 year old senior, but we'll probably still wake up early in the morning to open presents."

On his most memorable Christmas present:
"When I was little, I really wanted a Nintendo 64. All of my friends were getting Nintendo 64s so I really wanted one. I found a box under the tree that I thought was a Nintendo 64, but my dad took it away. I kept looking for it up until Christmas, but I couldn't find it. I thought that I wasn't going to get it. On Christmas, we were opening presents. After we opened all of the presents, I was disappointed because I didn't get the Nintendo 64, but my dad had hidden it in the desk. I think he got the idea from A Christmas Story, because when we were done, my dad kind of pointed over there and I ended up getting it."

Linebacker Shaun Lewis
On his most memorable Christmas present:
"That would have to be my Play Station 2 I received when I was a kid."

Quarterback Clint Chelf
On his most memorable Christmas present:
"Growing up, my family was split so I would always get OU stuff from one side and my uncles would always give me OSU stuff so those were always some memorable gifts for me."

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