To honour the unexpected and grieving passage of Josh Allen’s grandmother, the Buffalo Bills fans have raised a total of $500,000 for charity.
Last Saturday was a saddening day for Josh Allen. The Buffalo Bills quarterback had lost his grandmother Patricia Allen at the age of 80, just hours before the game against Seattle Seahawks. However, Allen did not drop out of the game.
In spite of the tragic loss, Josh Allen stunned the fans and landed one of the best performances of his NFL career. The 24-year-old went 31/38, covered 415 passing yards and three touchdown passes and even rushed for a touchdown as Bills picked up a 44-34 win at the Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Bills Mafia raise $500,000 for Oishei Children’s Hospital
Seeing such a brilliant performance from their QB inspired the fans, famously called ‘Bills Mafia’ to raise charity. Each fan has been pledging $17, representing the jersey no of Allen, to the Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, with which Allen himself has been frequently involved with.
By the noon of last Monday, the funds skyrocketed nearly $35,000, confirmed by the hospital itself, which left Josh Allen speechless as he took to Twitter to show appreciation towards the fans.
“At a loss for words. Buffalo, I love you,” Allen tweeted.
At a loss for words. Buffalo, I love you. https://t.co/HdhoK0zUp3
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) November 9, 2020
The donations kept coming throughout the week and by Friday, the hospital confirmed that the funds had reached to an astounding $483,000. Joining in with the Bills Mafia for the noble cause, Allen himself donated $17,000 to round the figure to a solid $500,000.
Unreal. Count me in for $17,000 to make it $500,000 ❤️ https://t.co/8oyTGK29rY
— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) November 14, 2020
Bills Mafia have put up similar examples of passion in the past as well. back in 2018, they collectively donated to the charity of Cowboys QB Andy Dalton, who was with Bengals at that time and helped the Bills to secure a playoff spot.
With 7 wins and 2 losses, Bills are currently at the top of AFC East and are set to take on Cardinals this Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium.