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.