Shutdown Corner

  • Raiders player donates game check to 4-year-old heart patient

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner1 hr ago

    You know, there are people involved in the NFL who use their vast powers and resources for good. Here's one of those stories. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer connected the Oakland Raiders with the family of 4-year-old Ava Urerra of Las Vegas. Ava has a heart condition that Glazer says is like having "half a heart." The result was magnificent.

    The Raiders offered young Ava, who has undergone 14 different procedures on her heart, the opportunity to "captain" the team, and gave her signed gear and toys throughout a visit with the team. Offensive lineman Menelik Watson, so touched by Ava's condition, donated his entire game check, $18,000, to help with the expenses of Ava's family.

    "Sir, I would like to make sure Ava has the greatest holiday," Watson told Ava's father, according to Glazer. "Here is my game check."

    It's not a small gesture, particularly from a second-year player who's in a profession whose careers can be measured in just a handful of years. NFL players are paid in 17 installments over the course of the year, not 52, so Watson just donated almost 6 percent of his entire salary. Great gestures all the way around.

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    Sun, Dec 21
    1:25 PM PST
    Buffalo at Oakland
    Preview Game
  • Jets' Nick Mangold wears NYPD hat

    Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner3 hrs ago

    This has been the season of protest in the NFL, with playersexpressing support for the protesters in Ferguson, Mo.; frustration with the death by asphyxiation of Eric Garner in New York; and acall for justice in the deaths of two Ohio individuals at the hands of police. On the morning aftertwo police officers were gunned down while in their police car in Brooklyn, Nick Mangold of the New York Jets offered his own support, wearing an NYPD hat.

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