NFL and 4 teams donating toward Mexico City relief efforts

An Oakland Raiders helmet sits on the bench before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
AP Photo/Mark Tenally

This fall has been a tough one with regards to natural disasters for North America and the Caribbean, with there being multiple hurricanes and two earthquakes that hit Mexico particularly hard last month. With that in mind, the NFL and four of its teams are donating money to help with rebuilding efforts in Mexico City and surrounding areas.

The NFL, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers will donate a total of $200,000 to Banorte’s Fundacion Banorte, with the bank matching those contributions dollar for dollar. Also making a contribution are the Dallas Cowboys, with that franchise donating $50,000 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts in the area.

The funds raised through Fundacion Banorte will be used to help people rebuild their homes, while the Salvation Army will provide necessities such as food, water, shelter and emotional care for those in need.

This will be the second consecutive season in which an NFL regular-season game has been played at the Estadio Azteca,  with the Patriots and Raiders playing there on Nov. 19. The Raiders defeated the Houston Texans last November by a final score of 27-20. Prior to that, the last time an NFL game was played in Mexico was in 2005, when the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers. In total, eight NFL games have been played in Mexico with seven being held in Mexico City.

Prior to last season’s game, each was an exhibition as opposed to a regular-season game. The New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles played in the first game in the country, in August 1978.

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