Multiple NFL teams and players have donated to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s GoFundMe toy drive charity.
Indianapolis Colts and owner Jim Irsay donated $25,003, the NFL team told CNN Wednesday.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the team contributed $18,003. The Patriots wrote on Twitter Wednesday, “In Jewish culture, 18 symbolizes “chai” or “life”, while 3 represents Hamlin’s number.”
Also donating were the Houston Texans who gave $10,003 and the Washington Commanders who gave $5,000, both teams told CNN.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady as well as Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara donated $10,000 apiece.
New Orleans quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, JJ, gave $3,000 to Hamlin’s charity.
Dalton talked about his special bond with the Buffalo Bills’ fan base.
“I think this has been something that I have personally been affected by, especially with that happening to a Bills player, the Bills fan base,” Dalton said. “The support of Buffalo have donated to my foundation through a win.
“Now this is something completely different. This is a tragedy that something happened and so one way to show our support is we wanted to give back. …The donation is small but we’re really thinking about him and praying that he’s going to push through with everything.”
Fantasy leagues are donating too, according to a GoFundMe.
“A lot of fantasy football leagues are donating their prize pots to the fundraiser,” the spokesperson told CNN. “You can find at least a handful using the league name as the donor name. For context the MNF football game in which Hamlin got hurt was the final game for most fantasy football playoffs.”
The GoFundMe organized by Hamlin has raised more than $6.5 million.