Vikings fans raise over $105,000 and counting for Saints punter Morstead's charity
MINNEAPOLIS - While the on-field "Minneapolis Miracle" was over days ago, another Vikings-related miracle is on the verge of completion thanks to hundreds of Vikings fans and one New Orleans Saint.
Thomas Morstead, the Saints punter who tore cartilage in his ribs during the first half of Sunday's NFC Championship game, may be making a return trip to Minnesota during Super Bowl weekend. This time, however, he will be welcomed with open arms.
Not only did he finish the game despite his injury, after the play that many are dubbing the "Minneapolis Miracle," Morstead was the first Saint out on the field for the inconsequential extra-point play. That courageous display of grit and respect resonated with many Vikings fans.
One fan even took to Reddit to draw attention to Morstead's charity, "What You Give Will Grow."
Now, two days later, a different type of miracle is on the verge of happening. That miracle? A donation to the Children's Minnesota Child Life Program, supplied solely by Minnesota Vikings fans, of $100,000.
When the amount raised had reached $25,000, Morstead made a bold statement on his Twitter page saying he'd "fly up to Minneapolis week of the Super Bowl to personally do a check presentation with @childrensmn if we get to $100K."
Over $25K now.
— Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) January 17, 2018
As of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, the foundation has raised nearly $108,000.
It's safe to say Morstead can start pricing his round-trip ticket back to Minneapolis.
This effort comes two weeks after Buffalo Bills fans flocked to the foundation of Andy Dalton, quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, after Dalton led a game-winning drive against the Baltimore Ravens in the final week of the NFL season, effectively securing a spot for the Bills in the playoffs. In the three days following that game, fans contributed over $250,000 to Dalton's foundation.
If you'd like to donate to Morstead's charity, visit vikings.wygwg.org, or click here.