When crisis manifests, how a person responds can be a great test of their character. Who someone is at their core is whatever effort they manage when challenged by adversity. In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear two members of the Bears have their real world priorities in order.
Allen Robinson is known for making acrobatic catches downfield. A star receiver and the No. 1 option in the Chicago offense, the 26-year-old is used to carrying a heavy burden of responsibility. But it’s what he’s managing off the field that should garner more attention. It’s no surprise his strength of dependability would transfer over away from the game.
Over the past week, Robinson has led the charge for a Chicago hunger relief campaign. As Chicagoland schools remain closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, many children are left without their regular access to nutrition. Such a notion doesn’t sit well with Robinson. The receiver donated $12,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Repository through his Within Reach Foundation to get meals in the hands of the children who need them. After the initial $12,000 goal was surpassed in less than a day, Robinson maintains he aims to donate even more. Little did he know he would have assistance from his head coach.
A man of positivity and conviction, Matt Nagy has never been one to break his word. He has his players’ backs and expects the same treatment in return. The latest example of this creed should be no surprise. On Monday, the 2018 Coach of the Year matched Robinson’s $12,000 pledge to the food repository with his own. A player and his coach in sync. And a foundation that will assuredly keep many from drowning as a world emergency continues to develop.
Any true difference maker in football is capable of doing more than making contested catches in traffic. There’s more to their humanity than leading 53 men onto a rigid, gridded 120-yard field. Robinson and Nagy have together offered an excellent example of who they are when they aren’t donning shoulder pads and visors.
If you’d like to help with Robinson’s efforts, learn more here.
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