Raiders Tackle Gives Entire Paycheck to Four-Year-Old

Updated: December 22, 2014
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The Raiders are in all reality the most hated NFL franchise by opposing teams and fans.  They’ve cultivated a certain motif of being “bad-boys.” They boast their ‘Black-Hole’ end zone fan section which is theoretically a tough part of the field to score in.  Raider fans embrace the opportunity to adorn skeleton-clad costumes and are generally obnoxious on football Sundays.  Even further, the Raiders have played the part of post-season spoiler to two franchises this late 2014 season.  The most recent of the two being a great win against the feared Buffalo Bills and their stout defense.


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But tis’ the season and this is a positive story about a Raiders Offensive Tackle who decided to donate his entire $18,000 paycheck to a four-year-old with a serious heart condition.  Her name is  Ava Urrea and she’s a huge Raider fan.  Born with hypoplastic left heart Syndrom, Ava has already undergone 14 heart procedures to date.

The Raiders organization got engaged with Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer and the Touchdown Dreams program to work with children just like Ava.  To start, the Raiders gave her a team-signed helmet, autographed footballs and anointed her team captain for a day.  And here’s where you start to feel a little tingly inside and question what it is that you’ve done lately for others.  Menelik Watson approached Ava’s father and gave his Week 16 paycheck (one of only 17 he’ll receive on the year) to the Urrea family.  Once Uncle Sam gets his cut, the check will be worth roughly $18,000.

Who says offensive linemen aren’t nice guys?  In the case of Menelik Watson, however nasty he gets on the field, made a family’s Christmas just a little brighter.