Brandon Weeden and Kendall Hunter could have been doing anything they wanted, maybe a couple games of NCAA Football 11 or simply relaxing with friends while enjoying their summer.
Yet the faces of the Oklahoma State's offense spent their free time visiting children at the University of Oklahoma's Children's Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Weeden, the starting quarterback, and Hunter, the starting running back, were among several Cowboy football players sporting their orange-and-black game jerseys while visiting the hospital.
"I feel privileged for them asking me to come here," senior defensive tackle Chris Donaldson said. "It's important for people who are role models in people's lives to try to make an impact on society. Especially these kids here, all they see is negatives...needles, medicine. So it just makes me feel good."
Just minutes into the visit Donaldson — wearing both an apron and a smile — was already painting with the children alongside his teammates.
"Last time I painted was in kindergarten, so it's been fun," joked Weeden.
Receiver Justin Blackmon, linebacker Orie Lemon and even a couple true freshman who have only been on campus a few months, quarterback Nathan Sorenson and running back Joseph Randle, were among the Cowboys who made the trip to Oklahoma City.
"It feels good to see how big a difference you can make in their lives just by coming one day," Blackmon said. "It doesn't seem that big but when you actually do it you can see it in their eyes that you made their day."
Said Hunter: "It's good to come out here and inspire these little kids hearts because we were this age and we were looking up to people like us. I remember (when) I was that age and I told myself I wanted to be one of those people who inspires people to do well in life."
Weeden, a 26-year old junior, understands the attention and adoration that can come with being the starting quarterback of a Division I football team. And if he can use that attention to brighten someone's day he wants to do it, just like he would want someone else to do for himself or his child.
"I had the opportunity to do it and it was a no brainer," he said. "If I had kids in this situation, I would want the guys in my shoes to do the same thing. That's the way I've always looked at it.
"It's been a pleasure to visit with the kids and make them laugh a little bit."