A fundraiser for Darryl Talley has collected more than $100,000 in less than two days, as thousands of Buffalo Bills fans have turned out to support the beloved player whose body has been ravaged by injury and concussion.
On Thursday, the Buffalo News reporter Tim Graham wrote about the difficulties Talley has faced after retirement. A number of concussions left him depressed and suffering bouts of forgetfulness, and his body was so ravaged by his hard-hitting style of play that Talley can no longer lift his arms above his shoulders.
The story hit a nerve with Bills fans, and one decided to create an online fundraiser to help Talley with medical bills and to help his family get back on their feet. The Inquisitr first reported about the Darryl Talley fundraiser on Friday, and in that time it’s blown up, already surpassing its $100,000 goal with gifts from more than 2,000 donors.
The story has also gained traction nationwide, with media outlets from ESPN to Fox Sports picking up on the story.
The creator of the fundraiser, Frank Thomas Croisdale, said he has been in contact with Talley’s family, who said they are overwhelmed by the show of support.
“Every dollar raised will go to the Talleys to help with their expenses and to aid in Darryl’s well-being.
“I am working with Darryl’s wife, Janine, to figure out the best way to use this money for maximum benefit.
“She wants everyone to know that she and Darryl are overhwelmed by your generosity and outpouring of love. They are having a hard time coming to grips with accepting such an amazing amount of donations).”
Many of the fans — which also include many from Talley’s alma mater, West Virginia University — said they felt a personal connection with Darryl and his story.
“I was heartbroken to hear DT’s story as I have been a huge fan of his since I was a little girl. I am proud to be a part of this campaign and hope there is a happy ending to this story. Best of luck, DT,” wrote one donor identified as Nikki Benatovich.
Fans are continuing to turn out. As of Saturday afternoon, Darryl Talley stands to receive close to $110,000 from the fundraiser.