Bengals WR Boyd reminds Bills fans that he has cause, too
CINCINNATI (AP/WKRC) - Giddy Buffalo fans are making a surge in donations to Andy Dalton's foundation, their way of thanking the Bengals quarterback for his role in the Bills' long-awaited playoff appearance. But the wide receiver who caught the pass and ran for the game-winning touchdown is reminding fans that he has a cause, too.
Dalton's foundation reported Wednesday it has received approximately $250,000 in donations since the Bengals beat the Ravens 31-27 on Sunday . Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left to eliminate the Ravens and open a spot for the Bills.
The Bills got the final AFC wild-card berth and ended their 17-year postseason drought, the longest among North America's four major professional sports.
Bills fans are thanking Dalton by donating to his foundation. He was surprised and thankful for the reaction by Bills fans.
"I think I'm the hottest guy in Buffalo right now," Dalton said Monday. "According to my Twitter, I think everybody's loving us right now. Obviously that's a crazy fan base and they're all pretty excited."
Dalton posted another video on his Twitter account Wednesday expressing his gratitude, explaining his foundation's work and encouraging more donations.
Boyd posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he's welcome to accepting donations for his cause, The Western Pa. Youth Athletic Association. Boyd, a Pittsburgh native who starred for the Panthers in college, wrote: "For any of the fans at Buffalo still generous enough to donate here is the link to help support my cause Thank You."
"You guys are donating to a youth football organization that I grew up playing in and would mean so much to me if I can help improve structure new equipment, travel arrangements etc. Not only the football organization where I grew up but many more"
The account on YouCaring has a $20,000 goal. In the 90 minutes after Boyd sent his first tweet, more than $6,000 was donated. In just over one day the site hit $40,000.
While the Bills' long streak of playoff futility is over, the Bengals' streak continues. They haven't won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history. They've lost all seven of their playoff games since that season, including an NFL-record five straight first-round defeats from 2011-15.
The Bengals missed out on the playoffs for a second straight season, going 7-9 . They won their last two games, knocking the Lions and Ravens out of the playoff race.