Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass's Ten Lives Club foundation has received more than $50,000 since his missed kick that led to his team's elimination.
The organization that deals with animal adoption in New York state said this on Tuesday.
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With less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff game and trailing 27-24, Bass had a chance to tie the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, he missed his 44-yard field goal attempt. This allowed their rivals to regain the ball, use the remaining time and secure their ticket to the American NFL Association finals.
The athlete then received threats online and closed his social media accounts.
On Monday, Ten Lives Club released a message of support for those who have worked with them for many years.
“WE ARE WITH TYLER BASS. Do not intimidate our friend, the organization wrote. We just heard the terrible news that Tyler Bass is receiving threats after yesterday's game, and our phones are ringing off the hook from people wanting to donate $22 to the Ten Lives Club in Tyler's name.
“Tyler in no way deserves the hate he is receiving. He is a great football player and person who took the time to help our organization and rescue cats last year. Leave our friend alone.”
Not a premiere
This is far from the first time the “Bills Mafia” has been generous in this way. Last year, after looter Damar Hamlin's horrific misfortune, supporters donated more than $5 million to his Chasing M's Foundation, which raises money to buy toys for needy children.
Bills fans also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's foundation in 2018. They wanted to thank him for throwing a touchdown pass in the final seconds of a matchup against the Baltimore Ravens that gave his team victory and confirmed that the Bills would reach the playoffs for the first time in 19 years.