All I Want For Christmas ...
Dec. 25, 2004
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Here's what a number of Oregon State football players consider the best Christmas gift they ever received:
John Dailey, junior placekicker: 'Probably Ninetendo. I was 12, 10 - something like that.'
J.C. Ronnefeldt, sophomore offensive lineman: 'My truck. About two years ago, my folks got me a truck, so I was pretty happy with that - a Dodge Ram. It's nice.'
Bill Swancutt, senior defensive end: 'Maybe a Nintendo 64. I was like 13.'
Zach Tarver, freshman wide receiver: 'So far, my MP3 player - the bowl gift. That's my favorite one.'
George Gillett, senior wide receiver: 'A video game - all video games, when I was little. Maybe Techno Super Bowl, it was a football game with Nintendo. That was my favorite.'
Josh Linehan, sophomore offensive tackle: 'I remember when I was little, I got one of those little racetracks, the slot-car racers. That was good. I must have been like 9.'
Kyle DeVan, freshman offensive lineman: 'The remote control hovercraft that used to float on the water. I got that and we used to float in on the ice. I was 8 or 9. That was a good one.'
Dan Haines, junior tight end: 'Being with my family.'
Caleb Tommasini, freshman cornerback: 'Sheets.' (Sheets?) 'I was 10 years old and I just kept moving the sheets around to see what was inside the package - that was the present itself. I still get bugged about that at Christmas.'
Keenan Lewis, freshman cornerback (who, incidentally, heard that it snowed in his hometown of New Orleans for the first time since 1995): 'A football.'
Alexis Serna, freshman placekicker: 'A Ninja Turtle bicycle.'
Sammie Stroughter, freshman wide receiver: 'Techno Super Bowl by Nintendo.'
Star Paddock, junior long snapper: 'A 1971 Mercury Comet.'
Sam Paulescu, junior punter: 'The birth of Jesus Christ.'
Aric Williams, senior cornerback: 'A teddy bear.'
Yvenson Bernard, freshman running back: 'A motorcycle bicycle.'
Freddie Davis, junior cornerback: 'A guitar given to me by my uncle.'
Jeff Kruskamp, freshman tight end: 'A guitar my dad made when I was in the fifth grade.'
Brian Hildebrand, freshman quarterback: 'Nike Flights in second grade.'
Jim Hanchett, junior tight end: 'A remote control car in third grade.'
Andy Darkins, freshman linebacker: 'A Red Ryder BB gun.'
Keller Christensen, senior linebacker: 'A shotgun.'
Joe Newton, sophomore tight end: 'A 300 Winchester Magnum.'
Gabe Button, senior tight end: 'A G.I. Joe hovercraft.'
Jeff Van Orsow, freshman defensive end: 'A three-in-one table - pool, ping pong and foosball.'
Ryan Cole, freshman running back: 'A Big Wheel I received when I was 4.'
Ben Siegert, sophomore defensive tackle: 'A pirate's sword.'
Eddie Stamm, freshman linebacker: 'A new set of poker chips.'
Pat Loney, senior tight end: 'An electric guitar.'
Curtis Coker, freshman defensive tackle: 'Star Wars toys.'
Adam Koets, sophomore offensive tackle: 'A ski vacation.'
Mike Hass, junior wide receiver: 'Nintendo.'
Alvin Smith, junior defensive tackle: 'G.I. Joes.'
Chaz Scott, junior linebacker: 'My family.'
Kevin Davidson, senior linebacker: 'Just being here and living.'
Lamar Herron, freshman defensive back: 'The Bo Jackson baseball video game.'