Stillwater News Press

December 24, 2012

Stillwater Sports Minute: Cowboy players share favorite Christmas presents

By Jason Elmquist

STILLWATER, Okla. — Members of the Oklahoma State football team may be in college, but they are still kids at heart.

With Christmas a day away, several of the Cowboy players discuss their most memorable Christmas gifts. And though most of them are nearing their early 20s, they all remember the big presents as kids.

"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," senior Cooper Bassett said. "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."

OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown was more about being on the move as a child, and his favor gift reaffirms that.

"I'd probably say one of those Power Wheels. It was a little truck," Brown said. "As a kid, you always want something that drives. I was driving that thing up and down the street all day."

For running back Jeremy Smith, it didn't necessarily have to be driving, but simply had to have wheels.

"It was probably a skateboard, during my skateboarding days," Smith said. "I used to always want to be like Tony Hawk. I ended up breaking that skateboard trying to pop an Ollie."

As for J.W. Walsh, his parents found a way to fulfill a big dream in a way that many parents attempt to.

"When I was a little kid, I was always asking for a horse," Walsh said. "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."