Sometimes the days events and the news can really focus on the negative. Bad or controversial news always translates to bigger ratings or more clicks. It’s the nature of the business. So, let’s take a minute to remember that the players in the NFL do a lot for their communities and for the less fortunate. We have the unbelievable symbol of that with J.J. Watt’s efforts to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. His final tally - $37 million.
Cowboys players also participate year-round in doing good works. They added their own efforts to the Hurricane Harvey relief program.
The Dallas Cowboys raised more than $2 million during a 90-minute telethon broadcast live locally and on social media, with owner and general manager Jerry Jones making a $1 million donation to The Salvation Army's effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Other players organized additional efforts, guys like Dez Bryant and Kavon Frazier, who does a lot of work through his Frazier Cares Foundation.
Dak Prescott is doing work for finding a cure for cancer. It’s a personal issue for him.
“Losing my mom, only a sophomore in college, 20 years old,” Prescott said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “Everything I do in life is to try to honor my mom.”
“It takes a community to fight cancer,” says the Ready Raise Rise website. “Ready. Raise. Rise. is spreading the word about Immuno-Oncology research and bringing together everyone impacted by the disease to support the community.”
Sean Lee is another player involved with multiple charities. His good works go back to when he was getting married.
Ask Sean Lee about his commitment to giving back, and he’ll tell you about his wedding, interestingly enough.
Lee married his wife, Megan, in the spring of 2014, and rather than ask for gifts, the couple insisted on donations. Lee’s childhood friend, Jeff Roche, had a daughter named Emma, who suffered from tuberous sclerosis – a rare genetic that causes benign tumors to grown in the brain and other organs.
Foregoing the traditional wedding presents, Sean and Megan opted instead to help Emma.
He’s involved with the Boys and Girls Club among other organizations.
Then there’s Jason Witten. 2012 Walter Payton Man of the Year. He is the shining example of an NFL player giving back. Through his SCORE Foundation, he’s been helping victim’s of domestic violence, something his family suffered when he was young.
Seven years ago, the foundation launched the Jason Witten SCOREkeepers program, a unique initiative placing full-time, trained male mentors in battered women’s shelters throughout Texas. The mentors seek to demonstrate positive male behavior to the children living in these shelters in an effort to break the cycle of violence that plagues families affected by abuse. With the help of generous grants from the Allstate Foundation, Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation has placed SCOREkeepers in six shelters across the Lone Star State — The Family Place (Dallas), SafeHaven (Fort Worth), Mujeres Unidas (McAllen), New Beginning Center (Garland), Denton County Friends of the Family (Denton Co.) and Safe Place (Austin). He also routinely hosts children from these shelters for special events like Christmas parties, bowling outings and trips to Cowboys training camp.
The list of players giving back goes on and on. Today’s a good day to remember that there are people trying to make a difference in this world, and they should be commended for that. Just sayin’.