Pro Bowl QB Lamar Jackson Presents Auspicious Award to the Bills Mafia for their Charitable Work

Published 12/28/2021, 9:17 AM EST


Back in January of this year, the Buffalo Bills took on the Baltimore Ravens. During the game, the Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson was pulled out. The reason for taking him off the field was concussion protocol. Jackson hit his head hard, and if allowed to play, he could have been seriously injured.

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It did not sit well with two members of the Bills Mafia. Even though Lamar Jackson was playing for the opportunity team, Dan Konopski and William Burke did not shy away from showing generosity. After all, the Bills fans are known for having a giant heart. Jackson rewarded both the fans with a special message.

Bills Mafia donates to charity for Lamar Jackson

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After Jackson was pulled out of the game in January, Konopski and Burke donated $8 to Blessings in a Backpack. The amount of the donation was a tribute to Lamar Jackson’s jersey number. And Blessings in a Backpack is a charity that is very near and dear to the quarterback’s heart. The charity provides meals to needy elementary school students on the weekend. It is based in Jackson’s alma mater hometown Louisville, Kentucky. 

Both the fans encouraged the fellow members of the Bills Mafia to do the same. As we know it, the Bills Mafia always goes above and beyond to help those in need. The act of kindness by the Bills fans has been very successful.

Until this fall over 18,000 people have donated to Blessings in a Backpack. The charity has collected more than $550,000. All this happened because of the initiatives Dan Konopski and William Burke took for Lamar Jackson. 

Jackson gives a special thank you to the Bills fans

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Due to the efforts of kindness by Dan Konopski and William Burke, they represented the Bills Mafia at the 2021 Musial Awards. During the ceremony, they were honored for their sportsmanship. Lamar Jackson personally thanked the Bills Mafia. He recorded a video for the fans.

In the video, Jackson said, “The playoff game did not end the way that I had hoped, but if there’s a silver lining, it’s that the Bills Mafia showed amazing generosity by helping out so many kids in need,” with his hand on his heart, Lamar continued, “Bills fans, I appreciate the sportsmanship, high character in class you displayed after the game. Thank you for the impact your donations have made. You’re very deserving to be honored by the Musical Awards.” The Bills Mafia has touched Lamar Jackson’s heart as well.   

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Did Bills Mafia’s act of kindness touch your heart as well? Write down your views in the comment section below.

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Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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Sports journalist by day, gamer by night and a gym addict by morning. Gurjyot has been a lifelong fan of Wrestling, Contact sports, Rock music and Video games. With a degree in English Literature and Economics from Patkar College, Mumbai, he is set out to conquer every task he sets his mind to.

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