Saints punter Thomas Morstead raised $221,143 for the child life program at Children's Minnesota last week, all thanks to a spontaneous outpouring of support from Vikings fans who appreciated his sportsmanship and toughness in the playoff loss to Minnesota.
But Morstead hasn't stopped there.
At the urging of Children's Minnesota, Morstead shifted his campaign at the end of last week, focusing now on raising money for Louisiana child life.
Morstead has already raised $111,607 of a $300,000 goal, and he's got his sights set even higher.
Earlier this week, Morstead said he would donate $10,000 of his own money if the campaign crossed the $100,000 mark, and he'll also donate $50,000 of his own money if donations cross the $500,000 mark.
Morstead's foundation, What You Give Will Grow, has raised more money during this campaign than it has in any other single event it has put together.
The veteran punter tore cartilage in the right side of his ribs making a tackle after his first punt against the Vikings, but he stayed in the game and unleashed two offerings of more than 55 yards.
Vikings fans appreciated Morstead coming back onto the field for the NFL-mandated conversion try, and a fan on Reddit started the campaign. Morstead promised to fly up to Minnesota during Super Bowl week if the fundraising crossed $100,000, and once it hit $221,143, Children's Minnesota wrote a letter to the foundation asking that all donations after that go to other child life programs.