PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Football icon Patrick Peterson became a Christmas shopping buddy, taking about fifty kids on a shopping spree Monday at a Tempe Walmart, and we got to tag along with his sleigh. 

"I always wanted a bike, every Christmas that was my go-to," Peterson said. This time of year is all about traditions, and the Cardinals star is sharing some of his with the community.

"This is my favorite event every year because seeing the kids run throughout Walmart with no real guidance, let them go out and have run and do what they want to do," he said.

Peterson and his teammates leave behind the gridiron to practice their offense in the shopping aisles for the annual "Shop With a Jock." Each of the 50 kids invited from the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix were equipped with a $200 Walmart gift card. And Peterson called in some Special Teams, too. Josh Rosen, Larry Fitzgerald, and a few other members of the bird gang were on hand to help.

"It means a lot, the guys always continue to support anything I have going on and we do the same thing, vice-versa," Peterson said. 

Since 2013 Peterson's Foundation For Success has helped low-income kids, and this event makes sure they have full tummies and a fully stocked cart.

"When I had the opportunity to have the platform I am on today, I thought it'd be a great idea to have my mission my focus be on kids helping kids reach their full potential."

Award-winning journalist Lindsey Reiser is a regular contributor in the evenings on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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