Cowboys' 'Original 88' making 88 drops of Christmas cheer this season

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM

PLANO -- Just like in football, there was a game plan.

The original No. 88, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, drafted the managers at a Plano apartment complex and teamed up with donors to surprise a single mom and her four kids.

"I'm Drew. Drew Pearson from the Cowboys... The Dallas Cowboys," he said.

"Oh wow!" Oksana Brudnyy said as it hit her.

The former football star arrived bearing gifts and holiday meals.

The children range in age from 2-14, and their mother were surprised Pearson was there.

“This is so overwhelming. Big surprise," Brudnyy said. "This is a blessing."

Brudnyy works at Starbucks and struggles to make ends meet. Pearson said she's catching Hail Mary's every day, alluding to his famous catch that helped the Cowboys come from behind and win a playoff game.

“They named it 'Hail Mary' because it was a desperate situation to overcome that," he said.

Pearson is providing Christmas meals and presents to 88 families in 25 days. He said it's his way of giving back.

"If you don’t do that, you are missing the whole point of the blessings that have been bestowed up on you," he said.

“It’s nice to know that there is still good people in this world," said 11-year-old Ella.

Pearson earned some new and young fans on this day, and jokingly left this Christmas message while letting 14-year-old Moses try on his Super Bowl ring: "Tony Romo, that is what a Super Bowl ring looks like. Merry Christmas. Go Cowboys, go Cowboys!"

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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