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Saints punter Thomas Morstead hands over check for $221K raised by Vikings fans

The donation was made to Children's Minnesota on Friday.
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What's happened?

Remember Thomas Morstead? The New Orleans Saints punter who became a cult hero among Vikings fans?

Well he's back in Minneapolis, the scene of his team's devastating last second loss to the Vikings, to donate more than $221,143 to Children's Minnesota.

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Why?

Vikings fans started donating to Morstead's charity after the punter was the first Saints player back out onto the field for the Vikings' redundant final extra point, despite playing the entire playoff game with an injury.

His charity is called What You Give Will Grow, which supports organizations that help children battle cancer.

As donations increased, Morstead vowed to personally fly to Minneapolis on Super Bowl weekend to give the money raised to a Minnesota charity if donations surpassed $100,000.

Here he is an hour before presenting the check, saying: "I never thought I'd have my jersey on a wall up north."

How will the money be used?

Morstead has chosen to donate the money to Children's Hospitals Minnesota for its Child Life Program.

The program trains workers to become child life professionals, working closely with sick children so they can understand their medical care, and help them with their stress through play, relaxation, mental imagery and special events and activities.

Speaking after Morstead presented the check on Friday, Children's Minnesota president and CEO said: "The donation from Thomas Morstead and What You Give Will Grow will touch every part of our Child Life program and will impact our patients, their siblings, their parents and guardians."

But while his visit was a benevolent one, Morstead hasn't missed the opportunity to join in some of the fun.

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