In Saturday’s AFC Divisional Playoff matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens—which the Bills won 17-3—Ravens’ star quarterback Lamar Jackson was knocked out of the game in the second half with a possible concussion.
How did Bills fans respond? With total class, it turns out. Bills fans banded together to donate to Jackson’s favorite charity, dating back to his college days at Louisville, and they’ve raised $360,000 so far.
According to ESPN, Bills fans generated momentum online following the game to donate to Blessings in a Backpack’s Louisville chapter in Jackson’s honor.
“It started around 11:30 last night, and our donation box just started flooding with donations from Bills fans for Lamar. It’s just been overwhelming — in the best possible way,” said Nikki Grizzle of Blessings in a Backpack.
The organization works to mobilize communities, individuals and resources, providing food for elementary school children across America on weekends, who might otherwise go hungry when they’re not getting the school lunches that sustain them during the week.
As of Sunday afternoon, the fan-driven campaign generated nearly a quarter-million dollars, and they added another $120,000 dollars the following day.
Members of the fan group, who call themselves the “Bills Mafia,” want more: One took to Twitter to say that half a million dollars is a good goal to reach.
As ESPN noted, this isn’t new for Bills fans.
At the end of the 2017 regular season, after quarterback Andy Dalton, now with Dallas, led the Cincinnati Bengals to a win that helped the Bills qualify for the playoffs, they raised more than $415,000 for the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation. The couple then paid it forward, making a donation to a Buffalo-area cancer center.
Bills fans raised more than $1 million in 2020, for John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital following news that the grandmother of Bills quarterback Josh Allen passed away.
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