Bengals QB Throws a Game Winning Touchdown and Bills Fans Flood His Foundation With Donations
When Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass against the Ravens on New Year’s Eve, he had no idea fans would begin donating to his foundation. But these weren’t his fans — they were the Buffalo Bills’s.
The game-winning pass kicked the Baltimore Ravens out of the playoffs and put the Bills into the post-season — for the first time in 17 years.
And Bills fans have been more than appreciative of Dalton and the wide receiver, Tyler Boyd, who caught the pass. Within 30 minutes of the game’s end, Bills fans began donating $17 to the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation and Boyd’s Western PA Youth Athletic Association — and it hasn’t stopped.
Bills’ fans have flooded the Dalton’s foundation with more than $350,000 so far.
Andy Dalton helped the Bills reach the postseason for the first time in 17 years.
Buffalo fans responded in kind, with more than 15,000 donors giving more than $350k to his charity to date. https://t.co/2w1ciWtldr
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 7, 2018
The Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation states on its website that its focus “is to provide seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout Greater Cincinnati with daily support and life-changing experiences.”
“This is a huge blessing,” said Dalton. “To think that we’re going to be able to make an impact on so many families and so many kids it’s going to be amazing.”
Dalton explained, “It could be a wheelchair, it just depends on what the need is. …We’ll come in [and] where insurance doesn’t cover we’ll be able to give them money to make that payment.”
“We end the year strong in football, and then it’s turned into so much more — something so much bigger than football,” he added.
Because of the donations, the foundation will be able to double their expected giving for the year. Yes, the Bills went on to lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday’s AFC Wild-Card game. But their fans sure ended the season as winners.