Clemson freshman wide receiver Ray Ray McElrathbey received the Keith Jackson Award of Excellence…
UVA Football Team Contributes $2500
The brothers live together in an off-campus apartment in Clemson. Earlier this year the NCAA granted Clemson a waiver, allowing a local bank (First Citizens Bank of Clemson) to establish a fund for Fahmarr to care for his basic daily needs. The waiver also allows the wives of Clemson assistant coaches to provide Fahmarr transportation to and from school.
Virginia team captains Chris Long, Christian Olsen, Deyon Williams, and Marcus Hamilton collected the money on Monday from their teammates.
"In just like an hour, I think we collected just over $2,000," said junior defensive end Chris Long. Virginia players contributed some of the meal money they receive while in town over the Thanksgiving holiday.
"It's a really legit cause, and I think it's great. Everybody really bought into that," Long said. Groh, on his radio show Monday night, said: "This is a nice thing we're doing, but the young player at Clemson is the real hero."
This is the second time a Division I team has contributed money to the fund. Earlier in the year the Temple football team contributed their per diem ($1500) the day of its game against the Tigers in Charlotte. Temple is coached by former Virginia assistant Al Golden.
"Wow, this is wonderful," said Ray Ray McElrathbey on Wednesday when he was made aware of the contribution. "I am very appreciative of the support from the football players at Virginia and Temple. It really makes me feel good about being a part of college football. I can't thank them enough.
"I also want to thank all the people who have contributed to my brother's fund. It really makes you feel good that people out there care."
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