Vikings fans’ donations to Thomas Morstead charity tops $100,000

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The best trend of the NFL postseason has been the outpouring of support from fans to players’ charities, and Saints punter Thomas Morstead is giving back to Minnesota after Vikings fans gave to his charity.

It all started after the last play of Sunday’s game, following the touchdown that thrilled Vikings fans and broke the Saints’ hearts. By NFL rule, an point-after touchdown attempt must be played after a touchdown, even if it comes with no time left and with no chance of that attempt affecting the outcome of the game. So after the Saints had already gone to the locker room and the Vikings had already taken the field to celebrate, the officials went into the tunnel and informed the Saints that the game wasn’t over and they had to put 11 players on the field for the point after.

Morstead, a punter, isn’t used to lining up on defense, but he was the first guy to volunteer to jog back onto the field. He wasn’t happy about it, but he had a job to do and he was going to do it. That impressed Vikings fans.

So Vikings fans, appreciating Morstead’s professionalism, took to social media and encouraged donations to What You Give Will Grow, Morstead’s charity for kids battling cancer. When Morstead heard about that he said that if donations topped $100,000, the charity would use the money for programs at Children’s Minnesota hospital, and that he’d personally go to Minnesota to deliver the check. As of Wednesday night, the $100,000 goal had been reached.

“Alright, Minnesota, you guys are officially ridiculous — $100,000 raised for the child life program at the children’s hospital in Minneapolis. I am totally blown away,” Morstead said in a Twitter video. “I will be there the week of the Super Bowl . . . I may be forced to root for you guys all the way through the Super Bowl. I’m just totally blown away.”

62 responses to “Vikings fans’ donations to Thomas Morstead charity tops $100,000

  1. Class act right there. Hope other people can learn from Thomas Morstead’s actions on and off the field. Thanks to all the Viking fans for their generous donations to a worthy cause. Go Saints!

  2. Good folks in Minnesota. Too damn cold for me to live there anymore, but I applaud their actions! Morstead has the class that his coach lacks, and then some.

  3. “The best trend of the NFL postseason has been the outpouring of support from fans to players’ charities”

    Amen. At a time when so many stories (inside and outside the NFL) are negative or celebrity gawking, great to see such a positive trend gain momentum and attention.

  4. Mitch Berger was about as close as I ever came to having a favorite punter, much less one from a different team. But after reading this, Morstead seems like the kind of guy you just have to root for.

  5. What wasn’t mentioned is that part of the reason we were so impressed with him was that he hurt his ribs making a tackle on the first punt of the day and was in agony on every punt after that. He should be the first guy to want to get to the locker room and get some relief but he was the first one back on the field for the extra point.

  6. Thumbs up to the Vikings fans!
    Thumbs up to Morstead!
    And prayers for all the kids and their families that this will help!
    Thanks to PFT for including the link to the charity.
    You’ve all inspired me enough to make a donation.
    A Steelers fan

  7. This is a exactly how the players should have handled their protest against racial inequality and social injustices. They should have gone to ownership to deliver a video message to the fans and the players should back it up by donating to causes to improve social injustices and encouraging the fans to support it too.

    This sends a more powerful message to our kids instead of disrespecting the flag. It shows unity instead of divide.

  8. Class act on both ends. As great of a moment that this win was for Vikings fans, myself included, we realize this is a football game. A game. These freaking tough kids are dealing with cancer, which is just not fair. I feel for each and every one of them and their families. This kind of outpouring should happen more often and get attention. Kudos and SKOL.

  9. Hats off to Morestad. Guy is not only flying back to present a check, he also showed great sportsmanship when he came back to the field for the final snap even though he was banged up.

    SKOL

  10. He actually lined up as nose guard for the defense on the final kneel down, thats big balls.

  11. It’s great to hear a story like this with all the negativity in world. Great job Viking fans and Morstead.

  12. dadindebt6 says:
    January 18, 2018 at 10:08 am
    Thumbs up to the Vikings fans!
    Thumbs up to Morstead!
    And prayers for all the kids and their families that this will help!
    Thanks to PFT for including the link to the charity.
    You’ve all inspired me enough to make a donation.
    A Steelers fan
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    Donation made!
    It takes about two minutes to complete.
    There are not a whole lot of things you can do that will help others in such a short period of time.
    I urge everyone to take those couple of minutes and make a donation to the charity of your choosing.

  13. Mitch Berger was about as close as I ever came to having a favorite punter, much less one from a different team. But after reading this, Morstead seems like the kind of guy you just have to root for.

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    ‘hawks fan here and Jon Ryan is one of my favorite punters but after seeing Morstead make that tackle in the game, dude has serious wheels for a punter, break 2 ribs and not miss a play the entire game and then volunteer for the faux extra point. Who Dat Punter is now my favorite dude. Need more stories like this in life not just the NFL.

  14. goodell will likely fine him for using NFL logos and likenesses without permission. $100,000 should teach him a lesson.

  15. With all the negative news surrounding politics and the NFL over the last several years, this new trend is truly a breath of fresh air. Good job to all involved. It’s beautiful to see people come together and not worry about team or political affiliations.

  16. This is America. Not the BS about kneeling, who the President is, which politician is virtue signaling which cause celeb today, and on and on. This is what We The People are actually about. Americans donated over $400 billion in 2017 to charity. We ARE a good people. The extremists on both sides get the coverage because it sells newspapers and gets clicks, but those of us in the middle, the majority, need to realize we have the actual power to change the country. SKOL!

  17. Great story. I hold this guy and his proactive attitude in the same respectful regard as I do Chris Kluwe.

  18. allight59 says:
    January 18, 2018 at 10:43 am
    I donated $29.24 😉

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    72.14 would work as well, if a fella was a little low on funds. 😉

  19. iejdaniel says:
    January 18, 2018 at 11:04 am
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    allight59 says:
    January 18, 2018 at 10:43 am
    I donated $29.24 😉

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    72.14 would work as well, if a fella was feeling generous. 😉

  20. Great story, Living in N.O. Steve Gleason and Thomas Morstead have been two of my favorites for years, thank you to all the great football fans in Minnesota for your generosity…

  21. I never saw a point after performed. Did we miss it or something? Score didn’t change to my knowledge.

  22. Gotta give those 10 other guys credit too though. Not one of them tried to start a fight. I think Cam Jordan was out there, not sure. Was watching Keenum leading the Skol chant looking like the end of a football movie.

  23. Wasn’t Morstead hurt and gutted it out? You’d think he’d be the first in the shower but he was first on the field.

    PS: Great to see that someone (or multiple people) in Minnesota noticed and responded.

    Sick of kneeling stories, Kaep Craep, blah blah.

    PS

    I happen to love the cold. I’d like in the Adirondacks if my wife would. This 0-5 weather we’re having is great. We’re all different…

  24. Jeremiah Sirles interview with Paul Allen on Tuesday’s show was excellent. In it, Sirles talks about how Morstead isn’t a “light beer” kind of guy. He definitely drinks “Bud Heavy.” Also, since he was the first back on the field, he lined up, looked at the Vikes, and said, “Sup, fellas?” A cool and hysterical dude, it seems.

  25. One of the great things about the postseason is that fans get to learn about teams and players they aren’t so familiar with. I was so impressed by Morstead’s quickness and physicality on the tackle where he was injured, then his continuing to play while in obvious pain, and coming out for that last snap. And now this, on top of all that. I’m now a fan of this guy.

    Hearing Telvin Smith talk about preparation and Calais Campbell respond calmly and thoughtfully to a guy who said the Jags would be an easy opponent made me fans of theirs too.

    It’s great to see these players as individuals. And the support that fans of other teams are showing for different players’ charities is such a refreshing change from the crazy hate-talk we see too much for opponent teams and their players.

  26. You could see Morstead shaking hands and congratulating a few Vikings before the extra point as well. Class act. Good on ya Vikes fans for recognizing that and extending such kind generosity. Great story

  27. I saw him walk up to the line and offer his hand to shake with a Minnesota player. Cool move. Respect.

  28. Brobokil says:
    January 18, 2018 at 11:12 am
    I never saw a point after performed. Did we miss it or something? Score didn’t change to my knowledge.
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    You may have missed the SKOL clap led by Keenum while the Vikes waited for the Saints to come out. Then, Keenum took a knee.

    Many bettors on pins & needles.

    Those of us in the stadium were too busy recovering from shock & celebrating.

  29. Well, for the first time in my life I have a favorite NFL punter. What was funny was that Keenum went up to Morestead pre-snap and said “don’t worry, we’re kneeling”.

  30. This pains me. I’m a Packers fan, and I find myself hoping that the Vikings get their Super Bowl win after reading this. SKOL?

  31. My team is out of the Playoffs ( Broncos), but I did watch every playoff game. It was painful for NO players & fans, but hats off to everyone involved – especially the Vikes fans! More stories like this & less about the protests. Gimme a break, I have lived all over the US in all kinds of neighborhoods. Are things perfect – no, but they are a heck of a lot better & will continue to be so. Go Vikes.

  32. I applaud all of the fans who have taken to rewarding players’ charities throughout the year. When you factor in all the support the JJ Watt got for Houston and the Cincy and now New Orleans’ charities, this is what pro football is all about.

    Now if the national anthem squatters would do something more than to protest, they’d be benefiting from fans’ goodwill.

  33. My team is out of the playoffs, but I will definitely cheer on the Vikings – and to the Saints’ punter – God Bless You and to all that your charity will help. That game was truly special in so many ways.

  34. I tell you what; I have a feeling that the player who is responsible for knocking the Patriots out of the playoffs/Super Bowl win (if that should happen) is going to get A LOT of donations to their charity.

  35. Gotta give credit to Vikings for taking a knee as well. We all know teams that wouldn’t have even considered that sort of sportsmanship.

  36. Morstead also grows his hair, as it is now, and donates to locks of love for children with cancer.

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