Darryl Talley might be struggling in terms of his health and money concerns, but he need not worry — Buffalo Bills fans are to the rescue. Thousands of football fans are showing the love to the former champ and talented athlete with an impressive career by raising over $123,000 dollars for him. In fact, Pro Football Talk News reports this Sunday, November 30, 2014, that over 2,500 people have become part of the “Support Darryl” campaign, and more are joining the movement by the hour.
In a difficult statement this week, it was revealed that Darryl Talley was going through some considerable financial difficulties and health issues. Tim Graham, a spokesman for the Buffalo News media outlet, relayed the incredible history of Talley to Buffalo Bills fans. He shared news about the linebacker’s longtime career, his success on the football field, and his current struggles. While that may have been the end of it for some players, this apparently isn’t the case for Talley.
According to this Thanksgiving weekend’s press release, and in only a matter of days, over $123,000 has since been raised by football fans — among others — for Darryl. These avid and invested supporters have helped donate all of the money in record time to help the athlete. With thousands of people taking part, it is certainly a collective effort of love and backing being shown to Talley and his family. That number is only rising.
“I can’t express enough my appreciation for everyone’s support, thoughts and prayers,” said the former champ’s wife, Janine Talley. She spoke the words to Graham in an article published shortly after news of the funding had come in. “The response to Darryl’s story has been overwhelming and heartwarming. When Darryl and I were interviewed for the story, I never fathomed acts of such genuine kindness from so many.”
Those aren’t the only people talking about this incredible show of support for Darryl Talley from Buffalo Bills aficionados, notes ESPN GO News this morning. The director of tourism for a set of hotels in Ontario, Frank Croisdale — who is one of these major football watchers involved in the campaign to raise money — said that the fact people are helping isn’t surprising. What is so shocking is the sheer number of those who are doing it.
“I’m not surprised about the fans of the Buffalo Bills, what they did with their hearts and with their pocket books,” he shared. “I am surprised by the number, the magnitude and the speed at which it took off.”
After hearing about Talley’s money struggles and ongoing health problems from the Buffalo News interview, Croisdale decided to act. He took to GoFundMe to help create a campaign intended to help the former football player. For his part, Darryl — who was a linebacker for the Bills for 12 years in the mid 1980s and early 1990s — noted that he deals with mental issues, including depression. After losing his business and going through some extremely rough times in recent months, he has even contemplated suicide. Now, fans are here to show their love and help him with his problems.
“I’m not convinced I’m dead yet, but the future doesn’t look bright,” Talley told the newspaper. In response, Croisdale said he was hit by a revelation. “After reading that story, one name popped into my head: Junior Seau … I didn’t want to read about Darryl in the same way.”
What do you think of Darryl Talley being donated over $123,000 in funding from football fans? Are you in the support for the past Buffalo Bills player? Because Talley has made such an incredible name for himself and left such an impact on the world of sports, particularly football, people seem more than willing to aid the cause. The GoFundme page, as well as additional details, can be found here on the linked website.