Even fans of NFL teams other than the New England Patriots now have a reason to root for Tom Brady to throw to Danny Amendola. The former St. Louis Rams wide receiver who signed with the Patriots during the offseason has pledged to make donations to aid in the relief efforts after the bombing of the Boston Marathon for each pass he catches (or drops) during the upcoming NFL season. The 27-year-old shared his pledge on Twitter several hours after two explosions near the finish line left at least three people dead and more than 100 injured.
I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever "Boston Marathon Relief Fund" there is. And $200 for any dropped pass.
— Danny Amendola (@DannyAmendola) April 16, 2013
Amendola signed with the Patriots in March, shortly after wide receiver Wes Welker departed via free agency. Welker led the NFL in receptions in three of his six seasons in New England and topped 110 catches in five of those campaigns. Hopefully, Amendola can stay healthy and Brady can target him often enough to keep the donations coming.
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While Amendola's offer may have stood out, he was hardly the only athlete from Boston's sports team to share his shock and sorrow at the tragedy in Copley Square. Here are some of the other reactions from notable New England athletes.