Boston athletes express support on Twitter

New Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola took to Twitter to express his remorse for the Marathon bombings early Tuesday morning, saying simply “prayers out to Boston.”

And then he followed up with a deeper pledge to the city -- Amendola said on Twitter that he would donate $100 for every catch in his inaugural season with the Patriots to a relief fund for marathon victims.

Also, he said he’d pledge $200 for every dropped pass. Last season, Amendola caught 63 passes for the Rams before signing with the Patriots as a free agent.


Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks joined Amendola in expressing support for the city on Twitter.

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Middlebrooks is in Cleveland, where the Red Sox begin a series against Terry Francona’s Indians on Tuesday. He said on Twitter: “I can’t wait to put on my jersey today... I get to play for the strongest city out there. #BostonStrong.”

Celtics captain Paul Pierce, the longest tenured athlete among the Boston teams, said on Twitter that he sent prayers to all affected. Added Pierce, “Boston, let’s come back stronger #prayforboston.”

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester expressed similar sentiments on Twitter. Said Lester: “I love you Boston, please know we’re thinking about y’all! We will get through this together! #PrayForBoston #BostonStrong.”