According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the Buffalo Bills fans have reached their goal. In 58 hours total, the Buffalo Bills fans came together to raise 100 thousand dollars for Darryl Talley. The Bills fans are the best in the NFL, and they showed it today. WOW, Great JOB BILLSMAFIA!!!
The 54-year-old Talley, who played with the Bills from 1982 through 1994, said he suffers from depression, lost his business and has thought about suicide.
“I’m not convinced I’m dead yet, but the future doesn’t look bright,” Talley told the newspaper.
“After reading that story, one name popped into my head: Junior Seau,” Croisdale said. “I didn’t want to read about Darryl in the same way.”
Croisdale’s goal was to raise $100,000 in a month, if at all.
Some 58 hours after he threw the first $100 in, the goal was reached.
“This shows what an incredible bond Bills and Mountaineers fans (Talley played college football at West Virginia) had for Darryl,” Croisdale said. “Time might have even deepened our love for him.”
Talley gets $39,000 annually from the NFL’s total permanent disability policy, but his home of 17 years was foreclosed on and he currently rents.
GoFundMe spokesperson Kelsea Little said the site will transfer the money directly to Talley through his wife Janine, who Croisdale has been in touch with.
The site takes a five percent fee from each donation, and the payment partner takes out another 2.9 percent, she said.
The site’s campaigns rarely reach their goals as quickly as Croisdale’s did, Little said, but there have been several very successful sports-motivated projects that have found success on GoFundMe.
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