OAKLAND, Calif.- An Oakland Raiders tackle was so touched by a 4-year-old heart patient that he gave the girl’s family his five-figure game check.
Eva Urrea was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and thanks to the organization Touchdown Dreams, her and her family got to spend time with their favorite team.
The Oakland Raiders made Eva team captain for the game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The 4-year-old with half a heart received signed footballs and a Raiders’ win.
But the team’s generosity was just beginning. Second-year offensive tackle Menelik Watson donated his game check to the family.
“For everyone out there who doesn’t understand what a game check is, you get paid for 17 weeks in the NFL. It’s not 52 weeks, it’s not a year-round paycheck. So for somebody to take their salary, divide it by 17, I don’t know what he makes this year,” Michael Strahan said of the gesture on Fox NFL Sunday, “But it’s a lot of money this that young kid has given to a family in need.”
ProFootballTalk.com reported Watson’s base salary is $622,948, making the check’s net amount around $18,000.
Touchdown Dreams was founded by NFL insider and Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer. He uses his sports connections to match chronically ill children with their favorite players and teams for memorable experiences.