New England Patriots Show Real Class With “Tribute” To Their Opponent’s Daughter!
I don't think I have to tell anyone I am not a fan of the New England Patriots, my wife and her family are though and that means I do watch just about all of their games. I can tell you that this Sunday night I was sure glad I did.
These days any good press the NFL can get is a great thing and the way they have shown compassion for one Cincinnati Bengals player has been quietly inspiring.
You may or may not have heard that Devon Still is a defensive player for the Bengals who has a 4 year old daughter currently battling cancer. The Bengals before the season started put Devon on the practice squad rather than cut him, allowing Devon to concentrate on his daughter, her health and still have all the medical insurance being in the NFL provides. That in itself was a very classy move.
To top that off the profits for all the sales of his #75 jersey are going to fight pediatric cancer. Since that announcement sales have skyrocketed and his jerseys are being bought by opposing players, owners, coaches and of course fans throughout the NFL.
Then this Sunday night the Patriots who were hosting the Bengals did something I thought was pretty cool. In the third quarter of the game they played a special inspirational video about pediatric cancer on the jumbo-tron and announced that Robert Kraft the team's owner was donating $25,000 to the pediatric cancer hospital in Cincinnati.
It was at that point that the New England Patriot Cheerleaders all came out wearing the jersey of Devon Still. That's right the cheerleaders wore the jersey of that nights OPPONENT. The message I think was pretty clear, while we all love our football and our rivalries there are just some things that go far beyond what is going on, on the field.
I tip my hat to the Patriots, classy move.