Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Chicago’s sports communities – from the Bears to Jed Hoyer of the Cubs – and NFL data are helping raise over $ 900,000 for the son of late ESPN reporter Jeff Dickerson.

The NFL and Chicago sports communities have helped raise more than $ 900,000 – and the number is growing – to support the family of the late ESPN reporter Jeff Dickerson, who died Tuesday at age 44 after battling colon cancer for a year.

Dickerson’s wife, Caitlin, died of complications from melanoma in 2019 at the age of 36. The couple has an 11-year-old son, Parker.

Parker’s aunt opened GoFundMe on Tuesday with the goal of raising $ 100,000 to support his education, health and sports, his love for which is well known to everyone who knew Dickerson.

Over the course of two days, some of the biggest names in the NFL, Chicago sports, and the media have all contributed to Dickerson, who was known for his talent and professionalism as a journalist, as well as positivity, kindness, humor and love for his family.

The Bears, Dickerson’s team that Dickerson has led for 20 years, donated $ 25,000. The Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and Washington Football Team owners Dan and Tanya Snyder did the same.

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie donated $ 10,000, and other major sponsors included Chicago sports figures Tom Ricketts, Andy Dalton and Anthony Rizzo, journalist Jay Glazer and the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who has 8.9 million Twitter followers, promoted the fund on his account, thanking donors including other NFL teams, Jed Hoyer, Theo Epstein, Tom Waddle, Charles Leno Jr., and Loyola’s men’s basketball team. … for which Dickerson served as a broadcast analyst.

Chicago-based clothing company Obvious Shirts has created orange and blue T-shirts with the word “JD” above the bear logo and is donating 100% of the profits to the fund. The company has already made a donation of $ 28,500 on the page and tweeted Thursday morning that T-shirt donations exceeded $ 40,000.

Meanwhile, homage to Dickerson was pouring in. Bears coach Matt Nagy, quarterback Eddie Jackson and wide receiver Darnell Mooney expressed their condolences to the Dickerson family at the start of their virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“Obviously, this is a tough day for all of us,” Nagy said. “We know how much Jeff meant to all of us. … I had four good years where I could find out who he is as a person and hear his stories, and when I think about Jeff, I think about how positive he is. What are we all talking about. It was always half full of a glass. With me, he was always very supportive and respectful, which in our days and in our time is quite pleasant to have such a person from the very beginning. And I appreciated it. ”

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