Friday, December 10, 2010

N.C. State Football Goes On Free Shoes University Style Shopping Spree

Back in 1999, Florida State jettisoned future Deadskin Laveranues Coles for being an accomplice to a crime with eventual BCS National Championship Game MVP Peter Warrick when the two purchased over $400 worth of clothes from a friendly cashier who charged the two a mere $21.40. The move earned FSU the moniker of “Free Shoes University” courtesy of the Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier.

On Monday, a group of footballers from N.C. State showed up at the Garner Wal-Mart and started gleefully filling shopping baskets with toys. When the cars were full, the gridiron heroes headed for the parking lot with their loot – a simple reward for an 8-4 record and not a trip to the Military Bowl in warm and sunny Washingtion, D.C., but, in fact, a trip to the Champs Sports Bowl to play No. 22 West Virginia on December 28th in sunny Florida. (Well played, NCSU.)

But wait, when exiting the store in all their Clausness, the men in red ran into the Raleigh police S.W.A.T. team and were arrested prompting Butch Davis to say “nice distraction fellas, thanks!”

Nah…just kiddin’.

Here’s the real scoop: The N.C. State football team bought toys as part of the annual Toys for Tots Shopping Spree at the Wal-Mart in Garner Monday December 6, 2010. Ten team members spent $24,440 on toys and gifts which was part of the almost $50,000 donated by Wolfpack fans and Coca-Cola to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. There was a competition between the players to see who could spend the most. For three years N.C. State's Josh Czajkowski has won, but this year Wayne Crawford took the title, spending $3640.

"We are excited and happy to get involved this way" said Crawford.

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