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Patriots players remember their favorite gifts

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  December 25, 2010 09:00 AM

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gronk-xmas.jpgFor many of us, it is Christmas morning, and in that spirit, several Patriots players shared the stories of their favorite gifts from years past...

Merry Christmas, everyone!

WR Deion Branch

"Probably the [Tudor] Electric Football Challenge where you stack the guys up. That was probably my favorite one. I was probably 9 or 10. You turn it on and it makes this little weird noise, ‘Mmmm mmmm,’ and guys just move around and then the play stops when the opposite guys touch – it’s weird."

CB Kyle Arrington
"The best Christmas present I got was the Power Rangers video game—the first one. The original video game that came out with it. I was so excited when that came out. That was my favorite gift of all time."

RB Thomas Clayton

“Mortal Combat. I begged my parents for it. [On Christmas morning], they said, ‘Okay, open up your gifts.’ So I open up my gifts, and the one gift that I had was just like white Hanes t-shirts. So I was like, ‘Where are my gifts?’ I ran upstairs. And they told me, ‘Look at it again.’ They had hid the game underneath the white shirts. That was memorable because I had begged them for that one gift.”

P Zoltan Mesko

"I think my favorite present would be an Atari, back when I was in Romania. It was the first video game I ever played."

RB Sammy Morris
"I think the best one was the very first Nintendo. I had played the Atari and all those other cheaper games at my friends’ house, but that was just coming out and it was the first thing we owned at our house. I’m talking about the first, first Nintendo where you have to blow in the disk…old school."

LB Rob Ninkovich
"I was pretty spoiled as a kid. I’d have to say, when I was like 12-years-old, all I wanted in my room was a television and my parents would never let me get a television, and then I got it, so I was like, ‘This is awesome.’"

WR Julian Edelman
"I shared a room with my brothers. We wanted a VCR because that was like the new cool thing. [On Christmas Day], my parents told us to go get our clothes out of the dryer. They hid the VCR in there. We had no clue. It was so cool."

OL Ryan Wendell
"A big yellow Tonka dump truck. I was real young – I think I was like three or four and I just remember that I really wanted it and I got it. I was pretty psyched about that. I think my mom still has it. It’s still around. I think the fact that it still survived is pretty amazing because I think most of my toys got destroyed."

OL Thomas Austin
"My brother and I – I was in 7th grade, he was in 5th grade – and we both got paintball guns for Christmas. And then the next day, we were outside, and we shot the neighbors house, so they were taken away for like a month."

TE Rob Gronkowski
"The Great Adventure Toys; they’re at Toys ‘R Us. That’s definitely my favorite."

(Courtesy of the Pats' PR staff)

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