JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Cincinnati Bengals fans thank Blake Bortles for helping the Jacksonville Jaguars eliminate Pittsburgh from the playoffs.
The Blake Bortles Foundation says more than 100 Bengals fans have combined to contribute nearly $ 5,000 Cincinnati's biggest rival, the Steelers, 45-42 last Sunday.
Bortles says that "fans are the core of the football experience, and it's really exciting and rewarding when they come together, regardless of the team they crave, to make a positive impact on the lives of others."
Bortles threw for 214 yards and a touchdown in the victory. He says he appreciates the contributions and adds that Bengals fans "should know that their support will make a difference."
A sports radio presenter from Cincinnati encouraged Bengals fans to "pay" and support the Bortles Foundation. Earlier this year, Buffalo fans generously donated to the Andy Dalton Foundation after Cincinnati surprised Baltimore and sent the Bills to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.
Founded in 2016, the Blake Bortles Foundation supports the first responders in Florida and helps children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead a full and independent life.
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