In times of darkness, football fans have given us the light we so desperately need right now.
We all know that it’s easy to find the negatives these days. A quick scroll through social media, a few minutes flipping through tv or radio channels, and even a few minutes in a store will likely give you more than enough opportunities to witness human beings treating each other with less than their best compassion and love lately.
It’s all enough to make me want to stay in bed, hiding from the world. It’s all just too much.
But, even in challenging times, there are acts of kindness and compassion that restore all one’s faith in humanity. Sometimes those acts can come from the most unlikely of sources - competitive football fans.
Last weekend, Lamar Jackson, the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, suffered a concussion during the game, forcing him to leave the AFC divisional championship game early. The Ravens’ opponent, the Buffalo Bills, went on to win the game, ending the season for Jackson and his team.
In a moment like this, it would be easy to assume that the Bills fans went on their way, celebrating their win and forgetting all about Jackson and his injury. But, in an amazing show of humanity, compassion, and decency, Buffalo Bills fans began flooding the internet after the game to raise money for Lamar Jackson’s favorite charity, Blessings In A Backpack.
In just a little more than one day, Buffalo Bills fans had harnessed the power of social media to raise over $360,000 for the Kentucky-based organization which provides weekend meals for elementary school children across the United States who might otherwise go hungry.
All because a player on the opposing team was injured.
Today my heart is lighter and my hope is stronger, for even in the midst of some of the most challenging times people are still finding ways to come together and support those who most need the support.
Thank you Buffalo Bills fans for providing us with something to be proud of and for reminding us all that the best way to lift your spirits and feel better is to reach out and do something good.