Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku revealed the burn injuries he suffered after an accident at his home on his Instagram account on Wednesday.
Pictures revealed damage to his forehead and his cheeks in one photo, which seems to be taken closer to the date of the accident. In a later picture in the series, Njoku appears to be healing and wears a big smile on his face.
Njoku received more than 60,000 likes for the post, including from former teammate Christian Kirksey, who posted: “Respect. 100.”
The experience with the trauma has impacted Njoku in another, active way. According to the American Burn Association, he will make a donation to that organization and work to “raise awareness, resources and support for burn-related care, prevention, education and research.”
A portion of the revenues from Njoku’s recently launched merchandise line with be donated to the ABA.
“I understand firsthand how suddenly life can change due to a burn injury, and I want to use my platform to help bring awareness to an all too common issue,” Njoku said in the release. “The doctors at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center were instrumental in my recovery, and I am forever grateful for their expertise and care. By working with the ABA, I hope to provide resources and support to burn survivors and their families.”
This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: David Njoku shows burns as Browns TE advocates for victims with ABA