The City of Brotherly Love is loving again.
Upon arriving in Philadelphia for the NFC Championship game on Jan. 21, Minnesota Vikings fans were met with a barrage of attacks, both verbal and physical.
I've never heard so many horrific stories from Vikings fans who were subject to unsolicited hot dog, beer, battery throwing Eagles fans beyond the verbal abuse. One guy just told me he's been treated better in 3rd world countries. Yes it was scary for them
- Mark Rosen (@WCCORosen) January 22, 2018
Now, in an attempt to appease their wrongdoings, a wealth of Eagles fans have followed in the charitable footsteps of Buffalo Bills fans with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (250k) and more recently, Vikings fans with Saints punter Thomas Morstead (221k), by donating to The Mike Zimmer Foundation, named after the Vikings’ head coach.
While we may have our differences, we give credit where it's due...@eagles fans have donated nearly 11k to MZF with heartfelt apologies for how SOME of their fans treated @vikings in Philly. This is amazing! We promise we will change some lives with this money! Thank you!
- MZFOUNDATION (@ZimFoundation) January 24, 2018
According to a tweet from the Zimmer foundation’s Twitter account, the donations were accompanied by several messages apologizing for how Vikings fans were treated in Philadelphia, along with well-wishes and comments about looking forward to playing in the future.
The donations provided by Eagles fans are expected to help improve the livelihood of the next generation of Vikings fans.
The fund’s purpose is to help the youth of Minnesota, the Mike Zimmer Foundation’s website states. It was started to honor Zimmer’s late wife, Vikki, and routinely partners with the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army North, and the Minnesota Children’s Cancer Hospital among others.
In true “Minnesota nice” fashion, a separate effort has been launched by Vikings fans in an effort to support the Eagles Charitable Foundation called “Vikings Brotherly Love.” Their goal? $38,000, which represents $1,000 for every point the Eagles scored in a winning effort against the Vikings in the NFC Championship game that ended 38-7.
To contribute to the “Vikings Brotherly Love” venture that, as of early Wednesday evening, is sitting a little above $12,000, click here.