The Raiders football season is coming to an end and in a couple of weeks, I’m sure there will be some drastic coaching and admin changes that will hopefully positively impact the Raiders. The Raiders season has been far from successful; however, the story of Oakland’s offensive tackle Menelik Watson donating his game day pay check to 4-year old Ave Urrea, makes the Raiders the biggest NFL winners of the season in my book.
4-year old Ava Urrea, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which is a rare congenital heart defect in which the left ventricle of the heart is underdeveloped. Due to Ava’s condition, she has undergone 14 procedures. Ava is a diehard Raiders fan and through the Touchdown Dreams Program was able to spend game day Sunday with the Raiders and was also named team captain of the Raiders for the day.
Not only was Ava fortunate enough to watch her team upset the Buffalo Bills 26-24 on Sunday, but she also stole the heart of Raiders offensive tackle Menelik Watson, who graciously donated his $36,000 game day check to Ava. Watson did this so that Ave could have the greatest holiday possible.
This year’s NFL season has been filled with high attention media coverage of NFL players and domestic violence issues and other stories plagued with negativity towards the NFL and its players. Menelik Watson is defying these negative stories with his compassion, generosity and heroism. You’re a true Raider Menelik.