Raiders’ Menelik Watson Donates Paycheck to 4-Year-Old Fan With Heart Condition

Menelik Watson of the Oakland Raiders speaks during an NFL Media Day at Wembley Stadium in London on July 16, 2014. 
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Jay Glazer of Fox Sports runs a program called Touchdown Dreams, which aims to help the NFL’s youngest fans. This holiday season, the organization, with the help of Oakland Raider Menelik Watson, was able to make a 4-year-old’s dreams come true.

Ava Urrea suffers from hypolastic left heart syndrome, which means she was born with half a heart. Over her lifetime, she’s had 14 surgeries, but she is a strong little girl. As a gesture of kindness, the Raiders recently made Ava captain for the day and also bestowed upon her a signed helmet and football. But Ava’s day didn’t stop there.


Watson, who is an offensive lineman for the Raiders, went a step further and gave his game check to Ava’s family. According to NBC Sports, Watson’s weekly gross salary is $36,944.

It’s gestures like Watson’s that emphasize the true meaning of the holidays. 

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