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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

By Joe LaPointe, New York Times

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It is customary for Santa Claus and his many impersonators to address children around Christmas with a hearty "Ho-ho-ho!"

But when Kevin Boothe of the Giants played the role at a party for foster children this week, he dealt with adolescents who were a little too hip for that. So Boothe improvised.

"Yo-yo-yo!" Boothe said repeatedly as he signed autographs and passed out shirts, hats, footballs and other gifts. He did this for more than an hour and eventually had to lower his white beard.

"It's hot in that suit," Boothe said. "But it's for a good cause. Hundreds of kids come out. It's good to pass out gifts and see their faces. In this tough time economically, you provide a little bit of cheer."

Boothe has had a pretty good week, generating all sorts of cheer and cheers.

Before working the annual Jingle Jam party on Monday, Boothe replaced Chris Snee at right guard after Snee injured his knee during a 31-24 victory against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

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