Vikings fans honor Saints punter's sportsmanship with $220K
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Minnesota Vikings fan honored a New Orleans Saints player's sportsmanship during the teams' playoff game, leading to more than $220,000 for a Minnesota children's hospital system.
A news release from Saints Pro Bowl punter Thomas Morestead's foundation says he will be in Minneapolis on Friday to present the check from his What You Give Will Grow foundation to the Child Life Program at Children's Minnesota.
Playing with torn rib cartilage, Morstead returned to the field to defend the conversion after Minnesota's game-winning touchdown as the clock ran out Jan. 14. A Vikings fan suggested on Reddit that people recognize Morstead's sportsmanship by giving to his foundation.
After fans gave $3,100 the morning of Jan. 16, Morstead said all donations that week would go to the Child Life Program to thank Vikings fans.
A blog post by the Children's Minnesota says three days later that amazed hospital officials were ending that campaign but asking people to keep donating for similar programs in Louisiana.