A small group of Jaguars fans has a big heart. As the team prepares to take on the Baltimore Ravens this Saturday, they have revealed that they wanted to buy a $300 toaster for the Clemson quarterback, as well as a $50k donation to a charity of his choice. The story started when a couple of fans asked their local Walmart to donate the toaster to their favorite player. They claimed that they wanted to surprise Lawrence with the gift, and that the toaster was in prominent display in the store.
Recently, the state of Florida passed legislation that allows minor children of deceased persons to take a small amount of the deceased’s estate to pay for education if the deceased has not completed his or her education. It’s a great idea, and one that I hope other states follow. But, it’s also a program that is expensive. In Florida, it costs $100 per year for the deceased person’s child to take out the inheritance. If the person has multiple minor children, the fees can go as high as $1,000 per child.
When a team selects a potential quarterback in the NFL draft, it’s not unusual for the team’s fans to roll out a welcome mat for the new signal-caller. In a place like Jacksonville that hasn’t had a top QB in a long time, fans want their new passer Trevor Lawrence to feel at home first and foremost.
So a Jaguars fan started a campaign on social media to buy Lawrence a nice wedding present. What happened next is very cool.
Trevor Lawrence | Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
The Jaguars’ first deal in franchise history was with the Green Bay Packers. The expansion draft board traded two mid-round picks in the 1995 NFL Draft for a two-year QB from Washington named Mark Brunell.
Brunell was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and led the Jaguars to the playoffs in four consecutive seasons from 1996-99. Since Jacksonville traded Brunell in 2003, the Jaguars have brought 14 QBs to the team.
Duvall started several good quarterbacks, such as Byron Leftwich and David Garrard, but none of them were of the level of quarterback Brunell. The team also ruled out several outfielders at the position, including Blaine Gabbert and Blake Bortles.
With the selection of Lawrence of Clemson as the No. 1 pick in 2021, Jaguars fans hope they have finally found their first great QB in nearly two decades.
Just over two weeks before Lawrence was officially drafted by the Jaguars, the native of Cartersville, Georgia married on the 10th. In April of 2021, his high school sweetheart, Marissa Mowry.
Although he wasn’t a Jaguar yet, Jacksonville fans already thought he was their guy as a presumptive first-round pick. Because of those feelings, Jags superfan Eric Dillard launched a campaign on Twitter to buy the future Lawrence a toaster from his wedding list, reports Sports Illustrated.
The original idea was that Jaguar fans would contribute enough to buy one lucky couple an InstaGLO R180 toaster from Revolution, which will retail for $299.95 (plus tax). Dillard addressed the issue in the first 14 minutes of the campaign. In the first 30 minutes, he had over $600.
Eventually Dillard announced that the excess funds would be used for charitable purposes, and from that point on donations began to increase. On the day of the wedding, there was over $6,000 in the bank. When Lawrence heard what had happened, he tweeted that he and his new wife would also contribute $20,000.