Woodson, NFL Give to Sandy Victims

CB Charles Woodson (Jeff Gross/Getty)

At a campaign stop for President Obama, Charles Woodson announced a $100,000 donation to Red Cross. The league, meanwhile, is giving $1 million and will encourage fans to donate with in-game messages.

Green Bay Packers star Charles Woodson says he's donating $100,000 to the Red Cross to assist families hurt by superstorm Sandy in recent days.

He says he's grateful for the sense of community that allowed the Packers to thrive in Green Bay, and he wants to give back to other similar communities that are hurting.

Woodson made his comments Thursday at the Austin Straubel International Airport, at a Democratic rally ahead of a campaign stop by President Obama.

Woodson praised Obama for setting politics aside to help with storm relief. He noted that Obama teamed up with Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to tour affected areas.

Also appearing at the rally were U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.

The NFL and the players' union are combining to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the recovery efforts in the Northeast after Hurricane Sandy.

In addition, there will be on-air mentions and a crawl on the bottom of the screen during portions of all games on all networks pointing fans to the American Red Cross website (redcross.org) and text-to-give line (text REDCROSS to 90999 to give a $10 donation).

Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith announced the donations Thursday.

"This contribution on behalf of all 32 clubs and players throughout the league will help the American Red Cross assist people in need in the affected areas," Goodell said. "We salute the dedication of those who have been working so hard on the rescue, relief and recovery effort."


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