This Week in NFL Do-Goodery: Chris Harris, Myles Jack
Welcome to our Do-Goodery column, a round-up of random acts of kindness from NFL players. Too often negative headlines dominate the news cycle. Meanwhile, so many players are using their platforms (and sliver of free time) to better the lives of others. Of course many of these acts of do-goodery occur completely under the radar so this collection will always be incomplete. But here is our best attempt to showcase the various ways the current crop of NFL players are bettering the lives of others.
Texans LB Whitney Mercilus‘ passion for philanthropy manifest itself in a full scale foundation over three years ago. “I started the WithMerci Foundation because I love working with children, and I’ve developed a passion to help underprivileged kids whose parents can’t afford the cost for medical equipment or pharmaceutical drugs,” Mercilus told reporters last year. WithMerci has raised over $325,000 for Houston area children in need via a number of events Mercilus hosts or participates in throughout each year.
This year’s focus on Down Syndrome was on full display this week at his signature event, Dine With Merci, was held this week. The full scale event featured Roger Goodell, Mercilus and a number of his teammates, plus other
Jags LB Myles Jack , made a sizeable donation to JEA, a utility company in northeast Florida. His donation was matched by the Jaguars, and collectively it was enough to pay for the utility bills for 31 elderly residents who were struggling to maintain payments on their own. Each resident received this letter from Jack.
Broncos CB Chris Harris warmed up a lot of Denver winters this week when he hand delivered coats from his Coats for a Cause events to both the Denver Children’s Home and Salvation Army’s Crossroads. This annual delivery is just a sliver of Harris’s community work that also focuses on promoting literacy and teaching young athletes leadership skills.
Packer LT David Bakhtiari and his mother served dinner this week at the New Community Shelter in Green Bay. Campbell’s Soup pitched in with three pallets, the equivalent of 10,000 bowls of soup. to pass out to families in need.
Giants LB Kareem Martin surprised New Jersey based volunteer coach Matt Gray with Super Bowl tickets. NFL.com posted this heartwarming moment.
.@Giants LB Kareem Martin surprised @PRowlsathletics beloved assistant football coach Matt Gray with tickets to #SBLIV! "MattyIce" lives with down syndrome, but has never let it deter his passion and dedication for football and his team. 💙#SuperBowlSurprise | #NFL100 pic.twitter.com/v50OfWAicD— NFL (@NFL) October 12, 2019