Lions' Stafford goes the extra mile at Mott Children's Hospital event
ALLEN PARK — Before you know it they’re going to make Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who played at Georgia, an honorary Michigan Wolverine.
Stafford attended the Griese-Hutchinson-Woodson fundraiser gala for the new children's hospital at the University of Michigan on Saturday night.
He made quite a splash when he bid $15,000 on a package to the Lions at Chicago Bears Monday Night Football game on Oct. 22. He had contributed four tickets the package, ESPN’s Mike Tirico (who lives in Ann Arbor) had also contributed to it.
Not only did Stafford have the winning bid, he in turn gave the package to the family at his table. Faith Falzone is a Mott patient who will have surgery this week. Her brother Will was there and chatted with Stafford throughout the evening.
“No. 1, it’s a great cause, that hospital event is a great event. Got a chance to spend some time with them and their family. They’ve had a rough year, a rough couple years, wanted to give them something to look forward to,’’ Stafford said on Monday.
“Her brother Will was a huge Lions fan and said he’d love to go to a game. I thought it was a great opportunity to do both,’’ Stafford said.
It was spur-of-the-moment deal
“I really was looking through the live auction items and decided that would be an awesome way to do both,’’ Stafford said.
Frank Beckman, the voice of Michigan football who was at the dinner, said on his WJR radio show on Monday morning that Stafford’s generous act was one of the highlights of the evening.
Stafford also saw a little action, helping out former Michigan quarterbacks during the football toss where 200 diners paid $1,000 each for a football signed by Brian Griese, Steve Hutchinson, Charles Woodson and Brady Hoke.
Beckman said Stafford had a great time throwing from the stage near the 50-yard line, to guests down close to the end zones at the Michigan football facility.
The weekend’s events, including the dinner, raised $1.35 million.
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