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Cliff Avril fulfills pledge to build homes in Haiti for every sack totaled last year


After Hurricane Matthew savaged the country of Haiti last October, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril pledged to build a home in the country for every sack he managed to total last season.

Avril’s parents are Haitian and left the country in the 1980s to come to the United States. His family still feels a significant tie to the island nation and Avril vowed to help the best way he could.

Following a career-high 11.5 sacks last year with Seattle, Avril followed through with funding the construction of 12 new homes this offseason. In a story with Sheil Kapadia of, Avril said he met with several of the families that now occupy the new homes during his trips to the country.

“Their old home was right next door to the one we built,” Avril said. “They didn’t have cement floors, so they were literally sleeping on the floor. When it rained during hurricane season, the floor would get really muddy. And that’s what they were sleeping on.

“There’s another home next to it. The concept is community. There will be a kitchen in the middle where they provide for each other.”

Avril also partnered with fellow NFL players Michael Bennett, Marshawn Lynch, Gosder Cherlius, Stephen Tulloch and Leger Douzable for one of his trips to Haiti. Avril has also funded the construction of three new buildings at a school with eight new classrooms and supplied an orphanage with clean water for all of last year with the intention to continue this year.

Avril is also intending on making the same pledge of a house for every sack he has for next season as well.

“People ask why I want to go back,” he said. “I could have easily been one of those Haitian kids. I was just fortunate enough that my mom was able to make it to the States, and we made something happen. But I could have easily been one of those kids.”

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14 Responses to “Cliff Avril fulfills pledge to build homes in Haiti for every sack totaled last year”
  1. bigblu73 says: Jun 21, 2017 4:00 AM


  2. bartpkelly says: Jun 21, 2017 4:50 AM

    Good story

  3. mudachains says: Jun 21, 2017 6:35 AM

    Hat tip to Cliff. Well done sir!

  4. pats4ev says: Jun 21, 2017 7:07 AM

    Way to go dude!! Always give back, great job!!

  5. birdsfan17 says: Jun 21, 2017 7:14 AM

    Right on! Nice work, Cliff!

  6. touchdownelvis says: Jun 21, 2017 9:12 AM

    Awesome story. And I’m glad he decided to round up.

  7. bpurd says: Jun 21, 2017 9:15 AM

    Players around the league do so much charity work. Nice to see these stories get out.

  8. Lisa_the_Greek says: Jun 21, 2017 10:30 AM

    Cliff is one of those guys that never fails to remind people how great the NFL can be.

  9. billymutt says: Jun 21, 2017 11:19 AM

    Take note, Kaepernick. This is how you use your NFL platform.

  10. aarons444 says: Jun 21, 2017 11:48 AM

    Pretty easy to see why Detroit can’t win, losing players of this caliber.

  11. nwsuccess says: Jun 21, 2017 2:38 PM

    It’s unfortunate this story was posted 3:01AM EDT, and the majority of the readers were asleep before it slipped off the story board. Good man, Mr. Avril.

  12. Trust No One says: Jun 21, 2017 3:35 PM

    This is the kind of player that should be featured and celebrated on PFT daily, not unemployed, overblown former quarterbacks…

  13. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 21, 2017 3:47 PM

    if he builds ten, that’ll be 10 more than the Clinton Foundation, with 2 billion donated, built.

  14. shortfatbald says: Jun 23, 2017 12:06 AM

    What a great story, I’m going to buy his jersey and wear it proudly knowing it’s for a stand up player and a good cause.


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