NFL Player Derrick Nnadi Celebrates Super Bowl Win By Paying Adoption Fees For 100 Dogs At Shelter
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi was one of many people who would have been celebrating his team's win at the Super Bowl on Sunday (2 February).
The Chiefs thundered to victory over the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in an electric NFL match in Miami.
While many would have been partying into the night, Derrick wanted to make sure there was a group of animals that could look forward to another day.
The 23-year-old paid the adoption fees for more than 100 dogs housed by an organisation in Kansas City, meaning anyone who wanted to adopt a dog from the KC Pet Project would be able to do so for free.
The shelter wrote on social media: "What an incredibly generous gesture and we want to thank Derrick for his support all season long.
"We're so honoured to partner with @DerrickNnadi who is sponsoring the adoption fees of all of our adoptable dogs at our locations!"
Derrick replied to the comment on Twitter, writing: "The perfect way to cap off this great season."
The player has been supporting KC Pet Project all season, having paid the adoption fee for one animal every time the Kansas City Chiefs won a game.
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Clearly winning the Super Bowl meant he had to up his efforts a little.
Tori Fugate, chief communications officer at Kansas City Campus for Animal Care, told ABC News: "Kansas City is on cloud nine this morning with last night's win and we're thrilled to be partnering with Derrick Nnadi on this wonderful initiative.
"Thanks to his incredible support, more than 100 available dogs in our care will have their adoption fees sponsored starting today."
KC Pet Project is a nonprofit that operates the open-admission animal shelter for Kansas City, Missouri, and they care for more than 10,000 pets a year.
Explaining why he has such an affinity with the organisation, Nnadi told CNN that he never had the joy of owning a pet as a child.
"All my life I always wanted a dog," Nnadi told CNN. "Growing up I didn't have a pet, my parents didn't really allow pets."
When he was in college, he decided to do what he's always wanted: get a dog. Nnadi picked up Rocky and they've been inseparable ever since.
"When I first got him, he was very timid," he said. "It made me think of how other animals, whether they're owned or in a shelter, are feeling scared and alone."
That's why he partnered with KC Pet Project and why he's portioned some of his Super Bowl winnings to the amazing organisation.
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