Cardinals Fans Join Fundraising Effort in Memory of Josh Allen's Grandmother

Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills fans found themselves at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum on Sunday, after the Cardinals pulled off a dramatic win in the final seconds of their game as DeAndre Hopkins hauled in Kyler Murray's Hail Mary.

Off the field, however, the two sets of fans joined forces for charity, raising funds to help the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

The hospital has received more than $500,000 in donations from Bills fans since Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen revealed that his grandmother, Patricia, died before the Bills played the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9 of the NFL season.

Allen, who threw for 415 yards and three touchdown passes in the win against the Seahawks, explained after the game that he had been told of his grandmother's death less than a day before taking the field in Seattle, prompting Bills fans to donate to the hospital to honor her memory.

Fans made donations to the hospital—which Allen has supported throughout his career in Buffalo—in $17 increments because he wears No 17. Last week, the third-year quarterback donated $17,000 to the cause himself to bring the amount raised over $500,000.

Unreal. Count me in for $17,000 to make it $500,000 ❤️

— Josh Allen (@JoshAllenQB) November 14, 2020

Following Arizona's win on Sunday, Cardinals fans joined the fundraising effort after a plea posted on social network Reddit.

"On our subreddit and on theirs, in the game thread and post-game thread, they [Bills fans] have been a class act," Reddit user shaken_bake wrote in the AZCardinals forum.

"Between that, how they've responded to Josh Allen losing his grandmother, and their donations to Andy Dalton's charity, I think we should recognize their fanbase and contribute to a great cause."

On its Twitter account, the hospital thanked fans for their contributions.

Wow, thank you Cardinals fans for joining in our support of @JoshAllenQB honoring Patricia Allen through donations to our hospital!

— Oishei Children's Hospital (@OCHBuffalo) November 16, 2020

"Thank you Cardinals fans for joining in our support of Josh Allen honoring Patricia Allen through donations to our hospital," the tweet read.

As the Reddit post noted, Bills fans aren't new to fundraising efforts.

In 2018, they donated over $400,000 to the Andy and JJ Dalton Foundation, which supports families who have seriously ill and physically challenged children in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Forth Worth, Texas.

While Dalton has never played for Buffalo, he earned a spot in the hearts of Bills fans in December 2017 when he led the Cincinnati Bengals to a dramatic win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17 of the season.

The Bengals were trailing 27-24 against the Ravens and facing a fourth-and-12 scenario with 53 seconds left in the game, when Dalton threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd, sealing a 31-27 win for the Bengals. This allowed the Bills to sneak into the playoffs at Baltimore's expense, ending a 17-year wait for postseason football.

After an absence in 2018, the Bills were back in the playoffs last season and are well placed to return this year. Despite the loss to Arizona on Sunday, Buffalo remain top of the AFC East with a 7-3 record, currently the third-best record in the conference behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Fans wear Cardinal hats during the first half between the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on November 8 in Glendale, Arizona. Chris Coduto/Getty