10 Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Athletes
While you’re out shopping for the right gifts for all of your aunts, uncles and cousins, we’ve taken the liberty of picking out the perfect presents for a few of your favorite athletes. Over the course of the last year, they’ve given their blood, sweat and tears to entertain us all on the court and field. So we figure, this is the absolute least we could do for them. Without further ado, DrJays.com Live presents our last-minute gifts for the special athletes in all of our lives. Now, who’s down to help us wrap them?
FOR: Miami Heat forward LeBron James
Our Gift: An extra-thick pair of earplugs.
If you think all the criticism you’ve taken so far has been bad, consider what it’ll sound like if you fail to lead the Heat to the NBA Finals at the end of this season. The media is going to turn up the heat down there in South Beach and we want to make sure you’re prepared for it.
FOR: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre
Our Gift: The perfect farewell speech.
This is it, Brett. It’s time to take your final bow. And while it sounds like you’ve been preparing for this moment for months now—didn’t his speech after last Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears sound an awful lot like a final farewell?—we know you’re going to have at least one more moment to shine on the podium. We’ll even throw in a box of Kleenex for good measure. We don’t expect a dry eye in the place at your final press conference—especially from you.
FOR: Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson
Our Gift: A 10-game contract with the NBA team of your choice
We hate to see you playing the final games of your career on another continent. To help you—and all of your loyal fans—ease into your retirement, we’d like to give you one final crack at the NBA. We know you could still make a difference on the court in the league. But, really, this is less about your skills and more about allowing you to bow out gracefully.
FOR: Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Our Gift: A “get out of jail free” card
Right now, it looks like your lingering legal problems could put a stop to all the talk surrounding a possible fight between you and fellow boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. We’d hate to see all your talent go to waste over the next few years while you’re tied up in court. We certainly don’t condone what you allegedly did to your ex-girlfriend or those security guards outside your Las Vegas home, but we do want to see you get a chance to put one final stamp on your career. You just have to promise us that you’ll take it.
FOR: American soccer player Landon Donovan
Our Gift: A framed photo of your game-winning goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup
If nothing else, that moment made us sit up and pay attention to the game of soccer for a few extra days last summer. It probably won’t make Americans fall in love with the game over the long run, but it’s a memory that we won’t soon forgotten. And we don’t ever want you to forget that you made it happen.
FOR: Golfer Tiger Woods
Our Gift: A legitimate shot at winning at least one major tournament last year
If it’s good for golf and it’s good for sports, then it’s good for us. Tiger has taken his fair share of shots—both literally and figuratively—since all of the controversy that swirled around him in late 2009 into the early part of 2010. Him becoming a real contender on the PGA Tour again would be a good thing. Believe us.
FOR: Houston Rockets center Yao Ming
Our Gift: A clean bill of health
Most Americans don’t realize exactly how much of an impact you had on the NBA. Without you, there’s a billion people on the other side of the world who probably wouldn’t give two you-know-whats about the game of basketball. But thanks to you, the game of basketball has gone international and become something that people all over the world watch and enjoy. For that, we are thankful. And we’d like to see you continue to play rather than sit on the sidelines with injury after injury.
FOR: Boise State University kicker Kyle Brotzman
Our Gift: A time machine to take you back to November 25, 2010—the day before your game against the University of Nevada
You missed not one, but two field goals that could have potentially sent Boise State to a BCS game—and could have further helped show that the BCS simply doesn’t work. Maybe it was fate. Or maybe a few extra reps before the big game against Nevada that knocked your team out of BCS contention could have helped. We’ll never know. But we’d love to go back and see what might have been had you been able to make one of the two kicks you missed.
FOR: Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb
Our Gift: A sympathy card
This isn’t the way your career as a Redskin should have ended—with you on the bench for the team’s final three games despite the fact that it isn’t your fault that the team has struggled so much this year. A few weeks ago, we pointed out that we think that you are the most underrated player of your era. We’re sticking by that and think that you’ll make a fine NFL quarterback wherever you land once the ‘Skins stop toying around with your legacy. Your final chapter is yet to be written, and we sincerely hope that it contains a happy ending.
FOR: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick
Our Gift: An adopted dog
It’s time for Michael Vick to turn the page. Sure, he’s done it on the football field already. But last week, Vick expressed the desire to own a dog again soon as part of his personal rehabilitation process—and because his daughter desperately wants a family dog of her own. And while some were outraged at Vick for speaking out about it, we say: Why not? We’d love to see Vick adopt a dog and continue down his path to becoming a model citizen. It’d be great for Vick and the dog. And really, isn’t that what Christmas is all about? ‘Tis the season!