Even though the country's most profitable professional sports league is currently in the middle of a lockout, it didn't prevent the NFL from donating $1 million in grants to the charities of nearly 90 current and former NFL players. Over the last two decades the NFL has donated more than $17 million to player foundations.
On Tuesday the league awarded the foundations operated by elite quarterbacks Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The fact that Manning and Brees both received grants for their charities comes as a surprise since they are two of the 10 named as plantiffs on the antitrust suit filed by the NFL Players Association against the league. On Wednesday a scheduled hearing will take place in regards to the players lockout injunction request. It also comes as a surprise that Roethlisberger received any grants due to his prior off-field issues. But then again, foundations shouldn't suffer and the NFL has proven that these situtions won't prevent them from making donations to certain charities.
Former Bengals Cris Collinsworth and Anthony Munoz also received grants for their charities. Other notable current and former players to receive grants include: Doug Flutie, Steve Young, Kurt Warner, Derrick Brooks, Chad Pennington, David Garrard, Tony Gonzalez, Nnamdi Asomugha, John Lynch, Mike Utley, Troy Vincent, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jim Kelly, Torry Holt, and Junior Seau.