Bills Mafia, a group of fans who support the Buffalo NFL team, is known for many qualities – both eccentric and charitable.
Bills fans gathered to support the Miami Dolphins quarterback after Tua Tagovailoa suffered a head and neck injury against the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovaloya stumbled on the court against Buffalo, and four days later, he was ejected from the Bengals game and taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.He received treatment and was released later that night and returned to Florida with his team.
While fans across the NFL wish the quarterback all the best, Bill’s supporters went a step further. Bills Mafia united to raise over 1000 donations for the Tua Foundation.
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Local group Bills Mafia Babes helped spearhead the effort. The group’s president, Kristin Kimick, told NBC affiliate WGRZ News 2 that many fans want to help because there are things more important than football.
“By then, when you see something like that, it’s time to drop the game color,” Kimmick said. “We’re fans of another guy out there entertaining, and that’s the real reason why we feel like we need to do something here.”
Some fans donated $21.19 to reflect the Bills and Dolphins’ Week 3 final score. Others donated $17.01 to reflect the jersey numbers of Bills quarterbacks Josh Allen and Tagovailoa.
Bills fans are no strangers to reaching out. Over the years, they have donated to NFL veteran Andy Dalton’s Fund for Seriously Sick Children. They also donated nearly $500,000 to the Backpack Blessing chapter in Louisville in support of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
“Someone said it perfectly online,” Kimmick said. “When the Bill Mafia does this, it’s almost like we’re sending money prayers because that’s really how we express our condolences, or how we feel.”
Tagovailoa founded his foundation to support youth initiatives, health and philanthropy.