Louisiana Tech plays role of Santa

There are so many negative stories in the sports world today, it always puts a smile on my face to hear something truly heartwarming.

So I share with you the story of Louisiana Tech players Quinton Patton and Adrien Cole. During a Make-A-Wish event this week as part of Poinsettia Bowl festivities in San Diego, the players saw one particular boy looking down in the dumps. Patton decided to give him his bowl gift -- a $300 gift card to Best Buy. Cole gave him his bowl watch, and also gave away his gift card to another child. Patton gave his bowl watch to another child as well.

Patton, who has a young daughter of his own, felt compelled to make the boy feel better.

“Christmas is based on giving, not the gift," Patton told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I like to give. I saw his wish was to go to Disney World. I didn't think we could do that, but thought here's something to make him smile."

Added Cole: "They're just material things. They need it more than I do."

Louisiana Tech reports that a bowl representative could not recall any player ever doing that in the history of the event. TCU beat Louisiana Tech 31-24 on Wednesday night, but the generosity of those two players should be what is remembered the most about bowl week in San Diego.