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NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:10 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

In fantastic news, the NFL announced on Tuesday that NFL Charities (the charitable foundation of the NFL, natch) has donated $1 million to 87 different charitable foundations run by current and former players.

In slightly more awkward news, the first two names listed in the NFL's press release are Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, who, as you may know, are currently suing the NFL in an antitrust suit!

"We are proud to support current and former player foundations and applaud all players' efforts to make their communities healthy, happy, and safe," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who also serves as the president of the NFL Charities board of directors, said Tuesday.

Of course, all players are currently suing the NFL, but Brees and Manning just so happen to be named plaintiffs in the suit. 

And, in fairness to the NFL, they also happen to be two of the biggest names in the league, which is a justifiable reason for using their names in a high-profile press release.

Additionally, it's not unheard of for such donations to be made around this time of year -- on March 30, 2009, the NFL gave away $1 million and referred to the timing as "Inaugural NFL Charities Week."

But the timing -- less than 24 hours before the two square off in court on a fairly important hearing related to the lockout -- and the fact that the NFL felt compelled to post this press release to -- "Your Source for NFL Labor Information" -- is a big odd. As is the naming of Brees and Manning specifically (their foundations have previously been donated to, although they weren't named in the release).

Having made those mildly awkward points, there's $1 million being given to a lot of different charities, and that's always fantastic news.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:43 am

NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:22 pm

NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

The article was poorly worded. It made it seem that the NFL was giving $1 million to each of the top qbs in the league. But then I find out that they are only "giving" the money to their charities which basically is giving the money to them but through a 3rd party. Good for them, but I do wonder why the NFL does not give $1 million to every NFL player past and present. If they have money to give away then you should give it to everyone or no one at all. I'm looking forward to the draft. I read somewhere that in light of the current labor impasse that NFL owners will get double their normal allotment of picks in order to help them through these "difficult" times. They will also have more draft picks for next year's draft as well. I can no longer find the link to that article, but then again I came across it on April 1st. But it is an intriguing idea. 

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:33 pm

NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

It makes perfect sense. They aren't looking for more money, the owners want to pay less.

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:31 pm

NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

Cool for donating but a multi billion dollar conglomerate only donating 1 M get media attention? I say BFD.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:53 pm

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Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:03 pm

NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

I still think it's odd that the players would have 3 of the highest paid players cited as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Wouldn't it look better to have someone making the veteren minimum or some player that is vastly out producing his rookie contract?

They could have some player that is like, "Look, I'm scheduled to make $385,000 and I produced more than people making $5-8 million."

Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:17 pm

NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

No they gave 1M to dollars total not 87M.. WOW dude you're are among the stupid of this country. If they gave away 87M it would say the NFL gave away 87M to 87 different charitable foundations.

Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:09 pm

NFL Charities donates $1M to Brees, Peyton, more

It is nice that the NFL is giving money to charity.  I personally would never give my charitable donations to any charitable foundation run by a professional athelete.  I find in more case than not, the administrative costs of these "charities" are extremely high.  As one other poster posted, there is also high employment of friends and family of players in these groups (providing players with a way to perform a tax write-off of the employment).  This also begs me to wonder what the NFL Charities administrative cost was to distribute these funds.

My 2 cents is to provide your charity to groups like the Salvation Army where you know that your money will go to your local area and will have a low administrative cost.

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