Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton became one of the most popular figures in Buffalo after his touchdown pass helped Buffalo make the playoffs last season. The fourth-down pass eliminated the Ravens and gave the Bills their first playoff appearance in 17 years.
Immediately following the game, the Andy and Jordan Foundation, which supports children in need, was flooded with donations from Buffalo fans. Dalton said that as of this week, his foundation has received 17,000 donations for more than $450,000 that can be traced to the Buffalo area. When the Bengals visited the Buffalo Bills for a preseason game a few weeks ago, Dalton donated to the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo
Bills coach Sean McDermott is touched by how fans have responded to Dalton, and also by how the Bengals quarterback is giving back to Buffalo. "What a strong moment," McDermott said. "It gives me chills just to think about it. So many times ... you get, 'Hey, this is this team and that team,' and you kind of get on your own individual islands and everyone's on their own island and team. "But what a great testament to paying it forward and what Andy and his wife have decided to do and give back to our community that gave to them."