NFL Football Player Menelik Watson Donates Paycheck To Sick Little Girl

by Adam Smith
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One football game just might change a little girl’s entire life. British-born Menelik Watson plays as a tackle for the Oakland Raiders. He met 4-year-old Ava Urrea through Touchdown Dreams, an organization bringing NFL players together with children battling life-threatening illnesses.

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Ava had more than 14 procedures to help her with a heart problem she’s had since birth. The team welcomed Ava and named her honorary captain of a single game, giving her the VIP treatment. However, it was Menelik Watson who made a decision to really go all out.

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The NFL player donated his entire game day paycheck to Ava and her family! According to National Football League Players Association records, Watson’s salary for the season is $622,948, making a week’s wage (and his donation to Ava) around $37,000. It’s players like Watson that give football players a good name.

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