The Patriots and their players swung into action Tuesday with pledges to help victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon tragedy.
New receiver Danny Amendola wasted no time offering to help those in his new city, tweeting “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.”
Later in the day, Vince Wilfork tweeted that all donations made to his eponymous foundation this month would go to victims. The defensive tackle has a text-based donation system for his big draft-day fund-raiser to benefit diabetes research. Each text is a $10 donation that is added to the donor’s cellphone bill.
Wilfork said if he could get to 1,000 donors, his foundation would kick in $10,000.
In less than four hours, 1,000 pledges had been sent.
Tuesday evening, the team announced that donations for victims could be made on the team website, and the Kraft family would match the first $100,000 given.
Tom Brady posted a message on his Facebook page, writing, “My heart is saddened by the tragic events of yesterday in my hometown of Boston. My prayers are with all of the victims and their families.”
There was also an image of a black ribbon with the outline of a runner imposed over it.
Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had shoulder surgery about two weeks ago and will be ready for the start of training camp in July, a league source said.
The surgery, which a source said was a minor scope, will keep Hernandez out of offseason practices. He could be ready for the June minicamp. Hernandez will remain in California to rehab.
If this were during the season, Hernandez would be ready on a much quicker time schedule. Since it’s the offseason, there’s no rush to get him back on the field. Hernandez is well-versed in the offense and with quarterback Tom Brady, so there’s no fear the tight end is missing anything.
Hernandez was asked last week how he was feeling and if he had any postseason procedures.
“I feel pretty good at this point, just trying to get back and get healthy and get ready for next season,” he said.
Hernandez’s surgery was first reported by NFL Network.To donate to Marathon victims through the Vince Wilfork Foundation, text VINCE to 50555; to donate through the Patriots’ website, visit patriots.com/donate and note “Boston Marathon” in the designated window.