Minnesota Vikings fans donate to Saints punter Thomas Morstead's foundation

Three days after the Minnesota Vikings stunned the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoffs, more than 2,400 Vikings fans have donated $100,000 and counting to Saints punter Thomas Morstead's charity, What You Give Will Grow.

Morstead announced Tuesday that donations received by the foundation this week from Vikings fans will go to the Children's Minnesota Child Life Program in Minneapolis "as a thank you for the support" following the Saints' defeat. He added in a video on Wednesday that he would fly to Minneapolis during Super Bowl week to personally present a check to the program if donations exceeded $100,000, which happened Wednesday evening.

"Hi, Minnesota, you guys are officially ridiculous -- $100,000 raised ...," Morstead said in a video posted on the charity's website. "That is incredible. I am totally blown away. I will book my flights tonight. I will be there the week of the Super Bowl. ... You guys should all be proud of yourselves. That's a group effort, and it's going to affect everybody in your community in a positive way.

"I'm just totally humbled by this. I may be forced to root for you guys all the way through the Super Bowl now."

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings jumps to make a catch over Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints as Jarius Wright #17 of the Minnesota Vikings and Ken Crawley #20 of the New Orleans Saints look on during the second half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Diggs scored a touchdown on the play (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings leaps to catch the ball in the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown to win the game 29-24. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings leaps to catch the ball in the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown to win the game 29-24. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings scores a touchdown as time expires against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball to score a touchdown as time expired in the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after scoring a touchdown to defeat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) catches his balance after beating coverage to score the game winning touchdown as time expired during a NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24 to advance to the NFC Championship Game.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates his game winning touchdown during a NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24 to advance to the NFC Championship Game.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets emotional after scoring the game winning touchdown as time expired after a NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24 to advance to the NFC Championship Game.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after defeating the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The 31-year-old punter sustained torn cartilage in his ribs while making a tackle early in the Sunday game but played through the injury. He was the first Saints player to return from the locker room to the field for the Vikings' extra-point try, which was required by rule, after Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown and the chaos that followed on the field.

After the game, a Vikings fan made a post on Reddit encouraging others to donate to Morstead's charity out of respect for the punter's effort.

This is the third time in recent weeks that fans have offered a flood of donations to a player on an opposing team. Buffalo faithful gave more than $350,000 to Andy Dalton's charity after Dalton led the Cincinnati Bengals to a win in Week 17 that sent the Bills to the playoffs, breaking a 17-year drought.

Meanwhile, Bengals fans donated at least $5,000 this week to Blake Bortles' charity after the Jacksonville Jaguars knocked Cincy's biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, out of the playoffs.

--Field Level Media

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