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Charles Woodson's $2 million gift

Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson has donated $2 million to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital, saying he views the gift as an opportunity to change the world as more than just a football player.

“My reason for working so hard has always been to be a part of something great,” Woodson said. “My gift to Mott is so that I can be part of the great things that are happening there, and so that I can help aspiring young doctors do their own outstanding work to help children.”

In a segment on Woodson during today’s Packers-Lions pregame show, Woodson came across as a guy who wasn’t seeking attention for his actions — he was just seeking a way to make a difference. The donation is his way of doing that.

Woodson is the second NFL defensive back to make a $2 million donation this month; Vikings safety Madieu Williams recently gave $2 million to his alma mater, the University of Maryland. The gifts from Woodson and Williams are two great examples of NFL players using their considerable wealth to do good.

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39 Responses to “Charles Woodson's $2 million gift”
  1. colebert says: Nov 26, 2009 12:30 PM

    Woodson has been like Reggie White reloaded for the Packers. Very happy to have him.

  2. slipkid says: Nov 26, 2009 12:30 PM

    that patient is the brother of one of my kid’s friends.

  3. jamesz23 says: Nov 26, 2009 12:32 PM

    That’s awesome….a couple of really good guys in the NFC North.

  4. PervyHarvin says: Nov 26, 2009 12:34 PM

    I watched that on pre game about Woodson. Seeing him spend time with sick kids made me love the guy.I love kids and would give anything if they never had to be ill. Children should be healthy and happy. Good for Woodson.

  5. Twiz says: Nov 26, 2009 12:34 PM

    While the gifts mentioned are fantastic, and the best thing I have heard to have come out of GB in quite some time, I have a problem with this entire post one of Lord Florio’s minions.
    My problem is why did PFT decide that Woodson merited the headline and not a combo with Williams?
    Would be damn nice if *ALL* NFL players made such a donation to a worthy cause!!!

  6. JohnnyH says: Nov 26, 2009 12:37 PM

    That’s awesome.

  7. cunn9305 says: Nov 26, 2009 12:39 PM

    Bravo baby … Bravo

  8. Beezer says: Nov 26, 2009 12:41 PM

    Classy move by both men it’s unfortunate that the contributions that many NFL players make are not publicized and do not receive the attention that the arrests, DUI’s etc. get.

  9. ncm42 says: Nov 26, 2009 12:45 PM

    Too much attention gets paid to all the bad stuff that some of the thugs in the NFL do. However, I think the bad acts get so much attention because they are relatively rare, compared to the guys in the league who actually are good people and don’t do bad things.
    It’s so refreshing to see some attention paid to the guys who are doing such good things, and who actually feel compelled to give to their communities. Thanks to Charles Woodson and Madieu Williams and all the players like them. Those are role models…

  10. myasylum says: Nov 26, 2009 12:51 PM

    Woodson is one of the best Packers.
    Driver/Rodgers/Woodson.
    Best players the Packers have.

  11. Rex Grossman says: Nov 26, 2009 12:51 PM

    “In a segment on Woodson during today’s Packers-Lions pregame show, Woodson came across as a guy who wasn’t seeking attention for his actions”
    That makes a lot of sense.

  12. mustbechris says: Nov 26, 2009 12:53 PM

    sucks that all the publicity on the players in this league seems negative. i mean, there are CLEARLY more good guys like woodson and williams than there are guys like pacman jones. but you hardly ever hear about that it seems like. i guess that’s a product of our culture. either way, very classy move by both men.

  13. EskinSux says: Nov 26, 2009 12:57 PM

    Classy….It’s nice when real men of the NFL get the attention they deserve. Though most probably don’t want the attention, simply a classy move by both men…..

  14. JoeSchmoe says: Nov 26, 2009 1:07 PM

    More players should be doing this. Kudos to C-Wood (even though he spurned OSU to go to Michigan I still admire his game and charitable ways). More players should be doing this though because A) we pay way too much for tickets so that these guys can make way more money than they should, and B) when they’re going to make this much money, donations like this can help their tax status anyway. So why not do something you can feel good about? Nice work Charles… wish there were more like you. Or that there would be more pub about guys like you.

  15. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Nov 26, 2009 1:13 PM

    god bless charles woodson.

  16. Facts Domino says: Nov 26, 2009 1:28 PM

    He didn’t deserve the Heisman, but he needs to be applauded for this.
    Good job Chuck.

  17. MikeW says: Nov 26, 2009 1:41 PM

    # ncm42 says: November 26, 2009 12:45 PM
    Too much attention gets paid to all the bad stuff that some of the thugs in the NFL do. However, I think the bad acts get so much attention because they are relatively rare, compared to the guys in the league who actually are good people and don’t do bad things.
    It’s so refreshing to see some attention paid to the guys who are doing such good things, and who actually feel compelled to give to their communities. Thanks to Charles Woodson and Madieu Williams and all the players like them. Those are role models…
    Most of the good things go unnoticed because, like they said, the players do it for the good and not to make it look like they’re doing it for the PR.
    thats what Woodson was saying, he didn’t really want any of this to get out. But like in sports, good things don’t go unnoticed.

  18. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 26, 2009 1:54 PM

    Very Classy Chuck….

  19. Dirtybirds24 says: Nov 26, 2009 1:56 PM

    much respect for C wod..

  20. se18a29 says: Nov 26, 2009 2:05 PM

    Don’t worry this egomaniac is getting the building named after him. Another fraud taping himself on the back. Very few give out of kindness. Kudos to those who give quietly and seek no media whore attention.

  21. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 26, 2009 2:09 PM

    Nice. Regardless of how much they make this is a huge amount to donate at one time.
    That amount of money is not a PR stunt, good job guys.

  22. Schau3r says: Nov 26, 2009 2:12 PM

    Rex Grossman…If you watched it, it makes sense. Woodson didn’t even want to do the interview. Apparently they had to fight him to do it cause he didn’t want to.

  23. Hauschild says: Nov 26, 2009 2:13 PM

    Great in theory, except there’s no bigger black hole for money nowadays than universities and hospitals, so donating to such is a colossal waste of money.
    I’d rather see guys use that money in a manner where people that need it, actually get help. If it were me and I really cared about helping people as opposed to getting recognized and buying my name into infamy, I’d start something on my own to help kids or people in need. Anytime you donate to large organizations, especially those affiliated with the government, all you’re doing is propagating the lie. However, it’s probably much easier and cleaner to write a big check and wipe your hands clean thereafter.

  24. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 26, 2009 2:24 PM

    se18a29 says:
    November 26, 2009 2:05 PM
    Don’t worry this egomaniac is getting the building named after him. Another fraud taping himself on the back. Very few give out of kindness. Kudos to those who give quietly and seek no media whore attention.
    ——————————
    Do some research next time, douchebag. They’re renaming a lobby for him and naming a fund in his name. No building named after him. And you’re pissing on an NFL player trying to do something good with the millions he makes. Congrats. It’s Thanksgiving and you’re a douche.
    “While the hospital’s fund-raising campaign — chaired by Carr, Domino’s Pizza CEO David Brandon and their wives — has been going on for years, Woodson’s gift will not go to the general fund. It instead will support “groundbreaking pediatric research,” according to the U-M Health System, and help create the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. The hospital’s lobby also will be named in his honor.”
    http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091126/SPORTS06/911260453/1356/SPORTS/Ex-U-M-star-puts-money-where-his-heart-is&template=fullarticle

  25. EskinSux says: Nov 26, 2009 2:27 PM

    Damn Hauschild…….He donates 2 million dollars to a childrens hospital, 2 million, even if he did it for a tax write off or publicity, it’s probably more than you have made in your lifetime, and you find a reason to bitch about it?…”If it were me”….Well jackass, it’s not you….And what is stopping you from “doing something on your own”…

  26. Canyonero says: Nov 26, 2009 3:18 PM

    That’s pretty awesome.

  27. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Nov 26, 2009 3:46 PM

    Hats off to C-Wood and screw the haters.

  28. chunky soupy sales says: Nov 26, 2009 4:03 PM

    It’s always great to hear about stuff like this. Players like these are the ones who SHOULD be making the news, not the nitwits. But good news doesn’t sell.

  29. jermely says: Nov 26, 2009 4:17 PM

    Class-act.. This is who every NFl player should strive to be.. A good player on, and off the field..
    Woodson for Defensive MVP.

  30. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Nov 26, 2009 4:39 PM

    I wish everyone, player, coach and fan were this classy and smart.

  31. Bird Man says: Nov 26, 2009 8:46 PM

    That’s a lot of money…I wouldve spent it on some hooker charity…

  32. Hauschild says: Nov 26, 2009 10:00 PM

    Waste of two million dollars.
    How many singular people could Chucky have helped with 2 million dollars?
    It has nothing to do with raining on anybody’s parade, and everything to do with common sense. Wake up people!

  33. Supersuckers says: Nov 27, 2009 9:23 AM

    Wow. What a man. Class act. Best dback in the NFL.

  34. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Nov 27, 2009 12:00 PM

    Hauschild:
    I see what you’re trying to say but it’s his money and he feels best suited to donate to kids and their futures. It’s that simple
    Do you donate? Time or money, 95% of people don’t.

  35. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Nov 27, 2009 12:58 PM

    I certainly wish Madeau Williams would donate more on the football field…He is one of our weekest links….Nice move off the field but cmon….we are looking for a superbowl here…..lets step up the onfield Donations……SKOL

  36. DocBG says: Nov 27, 2009 6:08 PM

    Classy move my williams, just another example of great vikings players doing the right things on and off the field under chilly.

  37. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 29, 2009 2:02 PM

    Nice try, “Doc”. Get your own thread.

  38. SpartaChris says: Nov 30, 2009 12:38 PM

    Twiz says:
    November 26, 2009 12:34 PM
    While the gifts mentioned are fantastic, and the best thing I have heard to have come out of GB in quite some time, I have a problem with this entire post one of Lord Florio’s minions.
    My problem is why did PFT decide that Woodson merited the headline and not a combo with Williams?
    Would be damn nice if *ALL* NFL players made such a donation to a worthy cause!!!
    ======================================
    My god, you need a serious glass of STFU. Go away with your bitching, pissing, moaning and whining because every article isn’t some sort of literary copulation of the Vikings.
    Oh, and note to PFT Planet- Feel free to ignore Hauschild. He’s a Favre ball washer claiming to be a Packers fan and a complete douche. You can regularly find his verbal diarrhea spewed all over the Packer forum.

  39. colonial footsoldier says: Nov 30, 2009 1:54 PM

    Everytime I read an article like this I think “There is nothing but good things in here. I’ll bet the messages are all going to be positive.”
    Everytime I scroll down to the messages, douchebags like Hauschild and se18a29 have to spew their hate from the parent’s basement. Get a clue.
    Thanks Charles and Madieu for helping out causes that you think are important.

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