Individual NFL Alumni Help Families Affected By COVID-19
NFL owners, active players and the NFLPA have donated more than $35 million in COVID-19 relief in recent weeks. However, individual NFL alumni also have been active in their communities during these stressful times.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields, who now is a businessman in Kansas City after a 14-year career with the Chiefs, late last month donated 96,000 meals through his “Will to Succeed” Foundation to a regional food bank and a local food pantry in his area.
“In times like this , it is so important we come together as a team to help keep people fed. We’re asking local businessmen, former Chiefs players and current and former elected officials to join in the effort to help our fellow citizens during these unprecedented times.”
Other Alumni have found unique ways to assist in their communities…
Former Lions and Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman has a goal to raise $40,000 so that he can give $250 each to four different families each week for the next 40 weeks. He is auctioning off personal memorabilia and uniforms to raise the funds. Spielman got off to a fast start last weekend when his 1984 Big Ten Championship ring netted $12,000.
Bills Pro Bowl center Eric Wood, who retired after the 2017 season, is giving gift cards to families in Western New York who have lost jobs or simply need the help.
We at NFL Alumni appreciate all the good deeds that you retired players are performing during this difficult time. Please help us promote these charitable acts by letting let us know what you or your former teammates are doing to assist your neighbors in the weeks ahead