First it was the Memphis Grizzlies, and now it’s the Oakland Raiders.
Looks like the attitude for giving to those in need is spreading more than usual in pro sports this week.
The Raiders teamed up with Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer’s charity foundation, Touchdown Dreams, to give one special fan a day she’d never forget. The Raiders hosted four-year-old Ava Urrea, who was born with half a heart and has had over 14 procedures, and made her team captain, signed helmets, equipment and stuff animals for her. But the biggest present didn’t come from the front office, rather from player Menelik Watson.
Watson, an offensive lineman for the team, wanted to make sure that their biggest fan would have a great Christmas. He cared so much that he gave her father his gameday check. Yes, a full game’s check which is around $36,944, or $18,000 after California taxes, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
With Christmas just days away, and with a lot of negative news about pro players flooding the media, it’s great to hear stories like this. I can only hope that things like this keep on happening even after the holidays end.
Menelik Watson: you’re a classy gentleman.
H/T: ProFootballTalk.com, Fox Sports