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03 Sep 2005

Deion Challenges All Pros to Donate

I like making fun of Deion Sanders as much as the next guy, but I couldn't agree with him more on this one. (Thanks to reader BDelblanc for the pointer.)

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 03 Sep 2005

23 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2005, 4:34pm by Björn


by DNL (not verified) :: Sat, 09/03/2005 - 6:42pm

From the Raiders' website:

Kerry Collins, starting quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, announced today that he will make a $1,000 donation to the American Red Cross for every touchdown pass he throws and every game the Raiders win during the 2005 NFL season.

"The devastation in New Orleans is so sad, and is a reminder of what is really important in life," said Collins. "My heart goes out to the countless people struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina."

Collins, an eleven-year NFL veteran, spent a portion of the 1998 season with the New Orleans Saints.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Sat, 09/03/2005 - 7:14pm

I'm sorry, this idea of "I'll donate X amount of money for every TD pass I throw" is a bunch of crap. Just pony up a wad of cash now - when they need it most - and be done with it. This concept of the "X dollar charity donation for every home run/TD/run batted in/ball hit off the Green Monster/goal/3-point shot/whatever" is a promotion gimmick that gets attached to a sponsor's name so they can get their radio or TV exposure throughout the season and remind listeners of the big hearts they have. Kerry, check out your TD projections in the Prospectus and just cut the damn check today.

by Patrick Bateman (not verified) :: Sat, 09/03/2005 - 7:25pm

It's going to take many months to rebuild New Orleans. This will be an ongoing project, so spreading out a donation over a season isn't really a problem. As an added bonus, one hopes that sports reporters covering football will mention this every time the Raiders score to help keep up awareness on the ongoing needs of the refguees.
"Aaaand a 20 yard strike from Collins to Moss! Raiders are on the board now...and hey, John, that's another $1,000 for the New Orleans charity from Kerry Collins..."
Every bit helps.

by jebmak (not verified) :: Sat, 09/03/2005 - 8:36pm

I'm just glad that Joey Harrington isn't basing his donation on the same system.

by jimmo (not verified) :: Sat, 09/03/2005 - 10:04pm

I'm curious why Warrick Dunn's challenge, made a day earlier and calling $5000 per player, isn't getting as much press as Deion's. Dunn is from the area, Deion has little connection at all, and surely the vast majority of players can give more than $1000 each...

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 12:57am

While I appreciate the gesture, something like 1% of each player's pay this year would be a better challenge and would contribute a great deal more. Look at NFL players...no one makes just $100,000 in a year, so 1% would be a far greater contribution. Plus, if you're only making $20,000 on practice squad or whatever they pay you, you're only paying $200 and not expected to pay 1/20th of your salary. Just an idea....

by Krugerindustrialsmoothing (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 1:24am

#3 I realize this is not exactly on point, but does it really make good sense to rebuild the city on that site? seriously, assume roads have heaved, all wood framed houses must come down etc, not to mention maybe the levy sould be built to sturdier specs this time.... why not build New New Orleans above sea level and save some cash? cuz I don't think Collins to Moss is gonna get it done.

by masocc (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 1:43am

I'm going to have to heartily agree with #3 to disagree with #2.

Rebuilding New Orleans will take A LOT of time, and A LOT of money. By doing the X dollars for X TDs/Wins deal, it will help to keep New Orleans in the spotlight, as #3 mentioned.

How long has it been since the Tsunami in Asia? Do you know ANYONE that is still sending them money? Do you think they still might need it some?

In 9 months, it will be efforts like Collins' that help to keep New Orleans fresh in the minds of the public.

by Ted (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 2:13am

Good on Kerry Collins. Usually I'd be making jokes about how he'll end up donating less than $10,000 but this is really classy.

by Dan Babbitt (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 3:24am

For the victims of the hurricanes over the last few years, this becomes the most important charitable org. in the US.


by marc (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 4:01am

re #5, you must not have been paying attention, Dunn's statement was all over. Besides, even if Deion gets more press, he's Deion freakin' Sanders, one of the few NFL players known well outside of sports fans.

by jimmo (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 11:05am

maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I saw Deion's meager call as the lead story on SportsCenter and a major headline on many news sites. I couldn't even find a mention of Dunn's challenge on NFL.com of all places, even in stories listing all potential/possible NFL contributions.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 2:06pm

Good gravy, anyone who will need to be reminded about New Orleans 9 months from now simply isn't connected to the world around them. Unlike the tsunami, which was half a world away and affected relatively few American lives, this story will be still be newsworthy for American viewers for a long while to come....a loooong while. You don't really think that when Kerry Collins throws a TD pass and the on-air graphics tote board rings up another grand for the cause of New Orleans that folks will say to themselves, "Oh yeah, I had forgotten about that city-being-virtually-wiped-out thing a few months ago...Glad Kerry's throwing those bombs to Moss to remind me about it. Where's my checkbook, honey?" If that's what it takes to remind people, then this country's in a lot more trouble than advertised.

by Reinhard (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 3:29pm

What everyone seems to be missing is that regardless of your take, there's plenty of room for making fun of Deion here anyways. "The recent devastation of Hurricane Katrina in the aftermath of her wrath..." ok we can all agree this isn't really an English sentence that makes sense. Too bad the next one reads "The people affected... is astronomical" Was he reading this or just freestyling?

by Patrick Bateman (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 4:36pm

Good gravy! You don't really think top government and FEMA officials won't prepare for the inevitable flood that follows a massive hurricane, a situation that's been predicted and hashed over in the news for years, do you?
Wait a second....

by MarkB (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 7:53pm

I think Deion should shut his pie-hole. Who made him Mr Charity? This is the guy who walked around with enough gold around his neck to crush a pack horse. Think about it...

"I'm giving this much, you should all give as much as me".

What kind of a person says that? Isn't there something in the Bible about keeping quiet about your good works? If he wants to be a humanitarian, let him give ALL his money to the poor victims. This is right up there with those moronic charity rock concerts, where the selfish of the world get credit for good deeds, and the half-wil audience demands a show before they're willing to give to a good cause.

So now I can assume that the rest of the NFL is only giving because Deion showed them up, right? What a blowhard.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 10:17pm

Alert! I smell a thread hijack!

by Aaron (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 10:31pm

Thanks, Glenn. Rather odd thread hijack deleted, along with flame war where people accused each other of being racists. Play nice.

by marc (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 10:36pm

Why can #17 talk about the bible but I can't?

by jimmo (not verified) :: Sun, 09/04/2005 - 10:45pm

damn, just missed it!

by Sid (not verified) :: Mon, 09/05/2005 - 4:45am

Haha, looks like I missed the fireworks here.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Mon, 09/05/2005 - 10:44am

NFL charity contributions after 9/11:
$10 million

NFL charity contributions after Katrina: $1 million

Given the fact that the Katrina death toll has early estimates at over 10 thousand, it would behoove the NFL to officially, significantly increase their amount to the cause.

by Björn (not verified) :: Mon, 09/05/2005 - 4:34pm

But the hurricane wasn't threatening the values that the NFL purports to represent.

I really don't understand why some people will get down on someone when they are donating to charity. Sanders could have just as easily not given anything and taken no flak at all.