Menelik Watson is a boss both on and off the field in the National Football League (NFL). He plays offensive tackle and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2013, after a short but impressive college career as a football player. He grew up in England, shattered his ankle while playing soccer in 2001, proceeded to recover and play basketball for a few years, before he was given the opportunity to play football at Saddleback College (a community college in California). After just a year of playing at Saddleback, he transferred to Florida State. While playing for the Seminoles, he started 12 of 13 games and only allowed one sack all season. Immediately after one season of playing for Florida State, he decided to go into the NFL draft and was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 2nd round.
But this story isn’t about Menelik Watson being a great football player at an impressive size of 6’5″, 315lbs. No, it’s about the type of person he is and the great thing he did when the Oakland Raiders recently invited a four year old girl named Ava Urrea to come visit them. Ava has a heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which basically leaves her with only half of a functioning heart. She has to go through numerous medical treatments, so the Raiders wanted to make her trip to come see them extra special.
Ava’s whole family received signed helmets, footballs, and all sorts of other team memorabilia. Ava is a huge Raiders fan, so she will remember this special trip to see them for the rest of her life. And one Raider — Menelik Watson — made the whole ordeal even more special for Ava by donating a game check to her. Estimated to be worth about $18,000, Watson’s game check will help pay for Ava’s medical bills. He is a hero for this little girl and to us as well!
And with that, we wish you all happy holidays and may 2015 start off with many uplifting stories like this one!