NFL to host "Draft-A-Thon" to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and pay tribute to healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the pandemic
The NFL announced Wednesday that the 2020 NFL Draft will serve as a three-day virtual fundraiser benefitting six charities – selected by the NFL Foundation – that are battling the spread of COVID-19 and delivering relief to millions in need.
The "Draft-A-Thon" will be featured across the live Draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes and NFL Network April 23-25 and pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders in a variety of ways – including raising funds for the work being done to combat the impact of COVID-19. Funds will help support six national nonprofits and their respective COVID-19 relief efforts including:
- American Red Cross and its work to maintain a sufficient supply of blood while continuing to deliver its lifesaving mission due to the Coronavirus Outbreak
- CDC Foundation's All of Us: Combat Coronavirus Campaign to support vulnerable communities and bolster laboratory capacity, clinical research, data and technology infrastructure and local response efforts
- Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund to help member food banks meet the increased need due to school closures, job disruptions, and current health risks
- Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund to ensure local communities have what they need to feed the at-risk elderly population
- Salvation Army and its network form a safety net for individuals and families living in poverty or experiencing homelessness by providing food, shelter, hygiene kits, as well as support to first responders
- United Way's COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to help those in need access food and shelter, childcare for first responders and more while bolstering 211, United Way's go-to information resource in times of crisis
"As we face this global health crisis together, we are filled with gratitude for the extraordinary work of first responders, healthcare workers and many others who are helping those in need," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "The Draft-A-Thon will deliver much-needed funding to many who are suffering as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducting this event virtually, and taking all necessary precautions while doing so, underscores the importance of staying home and staying strong during this unprecedented moment in our history."
Fans and other supporters can donate through one central fund throughout the three days, which will add to the more than $43 million already donated by the collective NFL family. More details about the Draft-A-Thon and how to donate will be announced in the coming days.
K Aldrick Rosas signs restricted free agent contract
Kicker Aldrick Rosas signed his restricted free agent contract. The Giants previously made a qualifying offer (a second-round tender) on March 16.
That meant the 2018 Pro Bowler was free to negotiate with any club during that time. If a restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a "right of first refusal" on any offer sheet the player signs.
If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer. If an offer sheet is not executed by the deadline, the player's negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club.
Rosas has played in 48 regular-season games, all with the Giants. He has made 62 of 75 field goal attempts (82.7 percent) and is 86 of 94 on extra points.
In 2018, Rosas had one of the best seasons by a kicker in Giants history. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl and named second-team All-Pro after scoring 127 points (32 of 33 field goal attempts and 31 of 32 extra point tries).
The 32 field goals are the fifth-highest total in Giants history. Rosas' 97.0 field goal percentage is a Giants record, and he was just 1/100th of a percentage point behind NFL leader Robbie Gould, a former Giant.
Rosas made his final 19 field goal attempts, the second-longest streak in Giants history. On Dec. 2, Rosas kicked the longest field goal in Giants history, a 57-yarder against Chicago in MetLife Stadium. Ali Haji-Sheikh had held the record for 35 years, with a pair of 56-yard field goals in 1983.
View photos of kicker Aldrick Rosas.
Super Bowl XLII wins 2020 Bracket Challenge as greatest game in Giants history
Over the last few weeks, the New York Giants held its 2020 Bracket Challenge, which let fans vote on the greatest game in franchise history. Polls closed last night and the winner was, you guessed it, Super Bowl XLII. The win over the undefeated Patriots beat out the 2007 NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field in the final round. Voting may be closed, but you can still watch all the games on the Giants YouTube Channel.