Jun 11, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals helmets sit in the end zone during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sometimes, getting so caught up in contracts and prospects during the offseason means we forget about the players’ lives away from the field. This offseason two Bengals have been making a difference in their respective hometowns. Jayson Dimanche and Andy Dalton have shifted their offseason focus to the youth in their communities in recent days.
Rich Cuccagna of the Time of Trenton reported Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche had a charity event for kids in his hometown of Hamilton and Trenton, NJ. He hosted the DiManche Mission Bowling for a Cause to support local underprivileged children in the area to help push them in the right direction.
"“The DiManche Mission is really trying to focus on doing what’s right for the underprivileged kids, knowing that it will cause a trickledown effect and benefit the entire community.” -Jayson DiManche"
DiManche was an undrafted free agent in 2013 and provided linebacker depth last year, picking up the slack with three major injuries during the Week 7 game against Indianapolis. He was also a vital part of the special teams unit for the second year in a row. Keep up the good work.
Andy Dalton was back in the news for all the right reasons. Joe Trahan of WFAA did a story about Dalton’s return to Texas and how he visited Cook Children’s Medical Hospital to donate the second Andy and Jordan Hub, which gives kids a chance to get away from the treatments and stresses of surgery to play video games and watch movies.
"“I think the big thing we want to do is just give them that sense of normalcy while they’re here doing these treatments.” – Andy Dalton"
The Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation has a focus on the kids, something he has done since his time at TCU, according to the story.
If Andy Dalton and Jayson DiManche have done one thing this offseason, they have led the Bengals in heart and they should be commended for helping others. The Bengals have been in the news recently for positive moves in free agency; it runs in stark contrast to the negative view many NFL fans continue to have regarding this organization. We are proud to have you both in stripes.
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