The Buffalo Bills defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night to advance to the AFC Championship for the first time since 1994. Sadly, Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson was injured during the game, but the Bills Mafia want to make it clear there are no hard feelings, going so far as to donate an already extraordinary sum to Lamar’s favorite charity, “Blessings in a Backpack.” According to ESPN.com
“It started around 11:30 last night, and our donation box just started flooding with donations from Bills fans for Lamar. It’s just been overwhelming — in the best possible way,” said Nikki Grizzle of “Blessings in a Backpack,” whose mission is to mobilize communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.
As of Sunday, January 17, the charity “had surpassed 9,000 individual donations and $240,000.”
The Bills Mafia are known as much for their charitable giving as they are for diving through burning tables. You may recall 2017 when the Bills slid into the playoffs due to the Cincinnati Bengals defeating a key opponent. The Bills Mafia donated generously to the Bengals QB at the time Andy Dalton’s charity. Earlier in the 2020-2021 season, the Bills Mafia helped raise over $1 million for Buffalo’s John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital after Josh Allen’s grandmother passed away.
While I’m not recommending NFL teams destroy opposing teams’ quarterbacks in order to raise money, it would be nice to see a team give back by donating to any opposing QB who is accidentally injured. Clobbering quarterbacks for a charity could become the next “Ice Bucket Challenge.”