Signing Day: Tebow Autographs Fetch $160 Each

In an effort to raised some money for his newly-formed Tim Tebow Foundation, former Gators standout Tim Tebow was back in Jacksonville this weekend in what was billed as his first ever public signing. A porition of the proceeds were going to the foundation. I hope it was a good portion, too. Fans shelled out $75 for a photograph with the NFL prospect. Yes, that’s just for a photograph. You want an autograph? That ran for $160.

Of course, the Florida Times-Union was there to cover the event, and Michael Dirocco was able to grab a quote from Tebow.

Tebow: “It’s an honor to have people want to want you and want to have your autograph and want to be around you,” Tebow said. “That’s special to have an opportunity to sign for people, but it’s more special to be able to do things like we’re doing and being able to really just brighten kids’ days in really their darkest hour of need, which is a lot of what my foundation is about. … I’m just so excited that I have the opportunity to do this and just make a difference in kids’ lives.”

Quote of the Day: “I like to be in the top 10 because I’m afraid the signature gets a little worse as you get to No. 300” -Tebow fan Lupe Reyes, who arrived over six hours before the signing began (Michael Dirocco, Florida Times-Union, 3/7).

Several Activities Set for NFL Community Tuesday

Larry Fitzgerald 2008 Play60 275Players across the NFL will spend their only day off participating in community service activities as part of “NFL Community Tuesdays.”

Several teams will host fundraising events in support of their local Courage Houses, facilities that help abused and at-risk children and families in crisis in NFL cities nationwide. Other teams will continue the NFL-United Way Hometown Huddle day of service campaign, with events designed to promote youth fitness as part of NFL PLAY 60.

Since Tuesday is the day off for most NFL players, it’s a great day for the players to get involved in the community. The NFL presents a round-up of what’s going on around the league this week: [Read more…]

Jay Cutler Tossing Touchdowns for Diabetes

20090822_zaf_cw1_012.jpgChicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has partnered with Eli Lilly and Company and the American Diabetes Association to help send children with diabetes to summer camps through the Touchdowns for Diabetes camp scholarship program. For every touchdown pass Cutler throws during the 2009 season, Lilly will send a child to diabetes camp by donating $1,000 to the ADA’s Camp Scholarship fund —roughly the cost of providing tuition for one child to attend a week of diabetes camp. And for every pass Jay completes in 2009, Lilly with donate $100 to the ADA Camp Scholarship fund to allow even more kids the chance to attend camp next summer.

Cutler, who learned he had type 1 diabetes after his sophomore NFL campaign, has been very active with children with diabetes, inspiring them to achieve their goals, and letting them see that diabetes doesn’t have to stop them from being who they want to be. [Read more…]

Fire Dept Halts Burger Joint’s Favre Bonfire

Favre Packers Jersey 275hApparently, a Eau Claire fire department decided the Brett Favre bonfire “wasn’t kosher,” as reported by the Pierce County Herald. There had been a lot of buzz around Milwaukee Burger Co.’s decision to hold a halftime fire for distraught Packers fans to burn their Favre memorabilia. For every piece burned, $10 would have been donated to Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety.

I guess this is one of those cases where you need to be careful who you tell. The fire department didn’t ruin the entire night, though. The restaurant was able to make good on the promise. One Brett Favre Packers jersey was burned. The rest were donated to Goodwill. The Herald noted that about a dozen items were donated by halftime, with more expected throughout the week. Milwaukee Burger Co. is still donating $10 per item to the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety.

Considering Favre picked apart his former team to lead the Vikings to a win at the Metrodome on Monday night, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the burger joint plans something different for Favre’s return to Lambeau Field in November.

Steve McNair’s Suicide PSA Released

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has released the PSAs featuring late Steve McNair addressing suicidal youths. The tapes were released earlier this week in response to a public records request.

The former NFL QB participated in the PSA shortly before being tragically killed in a murder-suicide. In July, McNair’s mistress killer him, then herself, in a Nashville condo.

The PSAs have been shelved since his death. Considering the nature of his death, perhaps it’s most appropriate that McNair’s message can now be heard.

In the spots, McNair says, “Each year too many young people are taking their own lives. So if you’re feeling really down and have even thought about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK, and live to see better days.” [Read more…]

NFL Goes Pink with Crucial Catch Campaign

NFL Crucial Catch 275The NFL, its clubs and players are supporting the fight against breast cancer. The “A Crucial Catch” campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are over the age of 40.

Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel to raise awareness for the campaign, as well as on-field pink ribbon stencils and special K-balls and pink coins.

Vikings.com’ Mike Wobschall notes that each NFL team playing at home in Week Four will observe Breast Cancer Awareness in their stadium, while clubs on the road in Week Four will designate an alternate game later in the month. In addition, all game-worn pink product will be autographed post-game and sent to NFL Auction, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. The NFL’s initiative is to be inclusive of all breast cancer organizations and activities, with the primary goal of engaging as many fans as possible and maximizing impact (NFL).

In Minnesota, the Vikings are ready to do their part in the campaign. This Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers is designated as the Vikes’ THINK PINK Game. [Read more…]

Chad Ochocinco to Wear Pink Throughout October

Pink Ribbon 100Sports organizations and teams have always been good at recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness month every October. In the NFL, players will be allowed to wear pink cleats and/or pink gloves to promote breast cancer awareness during Week Four, which is this weekend. The allowance is only for Week Four.

However, Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco announced on Twitter that he won’t stop after Week Four, that he’ll use the entire month of October to go pink. Check out the Tweets:

Ochocinco: “I’ll be wearing all pink gloves, shoes and wrist bands in support of breast cancer awareness throughout the Month of October” [Read more…]

Would You Like Your Favre Jersey Well Done?

Favre Packers Jersey 275hThe day that Brett Favre announced that he would play for the Minnesota Vikings this season, fans in Minnesota and Green Bay were quick to circle October 5th on their calendars. This Monday night, Favre will face his old team for the first time since retiring from the Packers after the 2007 season. So what does this all mean? Well, Wisconsin’s ABC 18 reports that Favre “could help raise a lot of money in Eau Claire next week because he’s so unpopular right now.”

Eau Claire’s The Milwaukee Burger Company is hosting a burning party during halftime of Monday’s game. For every piece of Brett Favre memorabilia someone brings to burn, $10 will be donated to support a camp for young burn victims.

“There’s a lot of controversy among our regulars,” Milwaukee Burger Co. General Manager Julie Kolk told ABC 18. “We have some Vikings fans and some Packer fans. We just decided to have some sort of party, and this is the one that came to mind. We thought it could be really fun, and we thought we could help a good cause at the same time.”

Brigance Celebrates 40th With Charity Fundraiser

OJ Brigance 275The Brigance Brigade Foundation is hosting a special 40th birthday party for its founder, O.J. Brigance, tonight. The event, which doubles as a charity fundraiser for the foundation, is dubbed “Two Rings for O.J.” Brigance is the only player to win an NFL Super Bowl (in 2000 with the Baltimore Ravens) and a CFL Grey Cup (in 1995 with the Baltimore Stallions) championships in the same city.

In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a motor neurone disease and is determined to win his fight against the disease. He started the Brigance Brigade to raise awareness towards finding a cure against this debilitating illness better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Brigance, now the Ravens’ director of player development, was recently profiled by the Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd. Cowherd noted Brigance is “still inspiring the team with his quiet courage in the face of a horrible disease,” and Ravens players “still draw strength from him.” [Read more…]

Boldin, Harvin and Johnson Headline Make a Play Foundation’s Yards for Youth Campaign

Make a Play 275Three of the state of Florida’s most talented football alumni are playing for a little more than a shot at the Super Bowl this season. Through the Make a Play Foundation, Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin (Florida State), Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (Florida) and Houston Texas WR Andre Johnson (Miami) are playing for a variety of youth programs around Florida, as well as their hometowns and current NFL cities through the “Yards for Youth” campaign.

Through the campaign, fans can pledge any amount ($0.10, $1, $100) per touchdown, reception or yard for the 2009 season, combining the fantasy football obsession with an old-fashioned jog-a-thon. Not only does each touchdown catch provide for their team this season, it will provide for youth programs and their adopted charities with the support of fans and corporate sponsors. Fans can also make a one-time donation or an automatic monthly contribution. 100% of fan donations will directly benefit youth and family programs, turning stats into resources and opportunities. Fans can also purchase shirts too for a $25 donation, with profits supporting the initiative. [Read more…]

Muñoz Foundation Launches Redesigned Web Site; Looks Toward Youth Leadership Seminar

Munoz Youth Leadership Seminar275The Anthony Muñoz Foundation has launched a redesigned MunozFoundation.org. The Web site’s design is reflective of the Foundation’s new logo, colors and graphical identity.

“Once again our family of partners have helped make our Foundation better,” said Muñoz. “We think the new design will be more user-friendly beginning with high schools registering for the Youth Leadership Seminar presented by Cincinnati Bell.”

Held at Xavier University’s Cintas Center, the Youth Leadership Seminar presented by Cincinnati Bell is Thursday, October 8th. The daylong seminar for high school students will focus on encouraging students to GET MAD – Get Everyone to Make a Difference. [Read more…]

Seahawks’ Mora Emphasizing Foundation in Seattle; Saints’ Brees Hosting Charity Concert

Jim Mora Count on Me Foundation

Now that he is at the helm of the Seattle Seahawks, coach Jim Mora is ramping up his foundation’s efforts in the state of Washington. Also, Saints QB Drew Brees paying tribute to New Orleans’ own Fats Domino with a charity concert. The Dolphins’ Vonnie Holliday roots run deep in his South Carolina hometown, and Joe Delamielleure is hopping on the saddle for a charity ride to Mexico.

Jim Mora: New Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora and his wife Shannon introduced their Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation to the Seattle area April 8. The Mora’s started the organization, which helps special neeeds and at-risk kids, three years ago while Jim was coaching the Atlanta Falcons. [Read more…]