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In North Pole, Santa isn’t the only bearded guy in red

By KTVA Sports 4:16 PM December 26, 2013

An NFL lineman talks about what it's like growing up in a town full of Christmas

NORTH POLE – Daryn Colledge, an Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman and North Pole High School alum, talked about what it’s like growing up in a town full of Christmas.

“Santa Claus lives right there in town, we have Santa Claus House, we have the reindeer, we do the whole thing, we live it up,” Colledge said. “It’s Christmas here year-round and it’s a special place, especially for a young person growing up.”

The North Pole patriot went to Boise State on a football scholarship and was then drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He was a Super Bowl champion and now plays for the Cardinals.

Colledge grew up near his mom’s State Farm agency, which is on Santa Claus Lane.  He visits his festive hometown every chance he gets, and isn’t the only one.

“Green Bay fans will come here to find out where the Santa Claus House is, and then they go to Santa Claus and they want to know where Daryn Colledge lives,” said Colledge’s mom, Tammy Randolph.

When traveling and living Outside, Colledge said it was sometimes hard to convince people he grew up less than 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle in a town named North Pole.

“When I was in college I had to break out my driver’s license numerous times to settle bets,” Colledge said.

He added that the key to making Santa’s nice list for him is winning football games. Saint Nick loves the NFL, he said, and gave the Cardinals an early Christmas present last week with their win over the Seattle Seahawks.

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