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Vikes Fans Flooding Saints P Morstead's Foundation with $$$

Post by Rieux » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:25 pm

This is a very nice story:
Saints punter Thomas Morstead was the first Saints player to come back to the field for the point after touchdown, even though he was in extreme pain from tearing cartilage on his rib cage from an earlier tackle on Vikings return man Marcus Sherels after his first punt of the game.

"I didn’t really think twice about it,” said Morstead. “I don’t feel like I was sitting on some moral high ground or did something exceptional, they needed 11 guys so I went out and that was it.”

Soon, a Vikings fan posted to Reddit, encouraging other fans impressed by Morstead’s sportsmanship to give to Morstead's foundation, What You Give Will Grow. His charity is focused on pediatric cancer and boosting Child Life departments at pediatric hospitals, inspired by Morstead’s close friend who battled cancer.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 300 Vikings fans gave more than $27,000, but what no fan expected, Morstead would punt donations right back to Minnesota, giving to the Children's Minnesota Child Life division.

Morstead tweeted that if donations hit $100,000, he'll fly back to Minneapolis to personally deliver the check.
I think the Minnesota angle is a little unnecessary—I just kicked(*) in some dough to Morstead's foundation, and I would have been perfectly happy if it benefited needy kids in Louisiana hospitals. But whatever; this is a good story that reflects well on Morstead, Minnesota, and Vikings fans.

Anyone else on VMB want to join me? The foundation is currently accepting donations here, and as I post this they've reached $34,414 of their $100,000 goal for Minnesota donations.

(* Hey—I just saw what I did there.)
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Post by PurpleMustReign » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:32 pm

I just read the same article. Thus is awesome. I am happy minnesota fans are helping his cause.
Also, i gained a lot of respect for him that game. He played obviously hutlrt (and punted quite well) and he was the first one on the field when they needed players. He is a true sportsman.
Also, did anyone else notice Quigley was on the field for that play too? Both punters on the field at the same time.

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Post by CrunkDat » Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:26 pm

That is awesome for your fans to do that. Morstead is a fan favorite and is very active in the community. New Orleans has a ton, please don't dissect my loose usage of that term, but they have a ton of parades. He often posts pics on social media of him out in the community at the parades and on the floats.

I saw his post game interview and he said the pain was much more tolerable in the 2nd half once the shots set in. At least it wasn't so painful to breathe. My favorite quote was something like, 'I just figured I could either have a good punt or a bad punt, either way it was going to hurt like hell so I might as well make it a good one.'

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Post by Rieux » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:18 pm

CrunkDat wrote:New Orleans has a ton, please don't dissect my loose usage of that term, but they have a ton of parades.
Ha! Gotcha. Touché.

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Post by Dmizzle0 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:31 pm

Looks like he got 100k. Im liking this new fad when fans from one team donates to players from other teams charities.

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Post by John_Viveiros » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:45 am

It's like $134K now, and I just donated.

I think these donations have a different feel than the others going around. Most of the others are kind of a hate-love donation. Bills fans donate to Dalton because they wanted the Ravens to lose. Bengals fans donated to Bortles charity for taking out the Steelers, who they hate. Vikings fans are donating to Morstead out of respect for the guy's play and courage, and his respect for our team by coming out for the extra point. It's another reason why, for me, it's easy to be a fan of this team, and a fan of this team's fans.

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Post by PurpleMustReign » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:08 am

John_Viveiros wrote:It's like $134K now, and I just donated.

I think these donations have a different feel than the others going around. Most of the others are kind of a hate-love donation. Bills fans donate to Dalton because they wanted the Ravens to lose. Bengals fans donated to Bortles charity for taking out the Steelers, who they hate. Vikings fans are donating to Morstead out of respect for the guy's play and courage, and his respect for our team by coming out for the extra point. It's another reason why, for me, it's easy to be a fan of this team, and a fan of this team's fans.
I agree. There are some ####, but I rarely meet a Viking fan who is a ####.

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Post by Cliff » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:32 am

PurpleMustReign wrote:
John_Viveiros wrote:It's like $134K now, and I just donated.

I think these donations have a different feel than the others going around. Most of the others are kind of a hate-love donation. Bills fans donate to Dalton because they wanted the Ravens to lose. Bengals fans donated to Bortles charity for taking out the Steelers, who they hate. Vikings fans are donating to Morstead out of respect for the guy's play and courage, and his respect for our team by coming out for the extra point. It's another reason why, for me, it's easy to be a fan of this team, and a fan of this team's fans.
I agree. There are some ####, but I rarely meet a Viking fan who is a ####.

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