One NFL player is stepping up in a big way to help those who were victimized by James Holmes’ movie theater shooting spree. Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers has pledged to donate a whopping $100,000 to victims of the attack.
Smith doesn’t have a personal connection to any of the victims and he plays his football on the other side of the country. Still, as a husband and a father, he says that he felt like he had to step up and do something.
“As a father and husband I cannot imagine the pain and suffering the victims are going through,” Smith said. “My family’s hearts and prayers are extended to theirs, and I hope this contribution might assist in paying some of the medical bills that will help allow these families to move forward in this tragic circumstance.”
“Hopefully this helps a little bit,” Smith said. “From one NFL city to another, God bless.”
Closer to the scene, a number of members of the Denver Broncos, including Ryan Clady, Eric Decker, Joe Mays, Chris Kuper, Jacob Tamme, Ben Garland and the recently-retired Brian Dawkins, have visited victims of the attack in the hospital.
New quarterback Peyton Manning wasn’t able to make it to the hospital for a visit, but he called several patients and chatted with them on the phone.