These NFL players are the complete opposite of Michael Vick and his complete disregard for animals.
Will Witherspoon, a linebacker for the St. Louis Rams, and Dan Morgan, a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, have decided to help sponsor a rescue program to put stray dogs in homes.
“In lieu of the Michael Vick scenario, we’re on the opposite end of the scale,” Witherspoon said.
“We love dogs and we want to see them treated good,” Morgan said. “We try to help them out as much as possible.”
The two football players became friends five years ago when they both played for the Panthers (both pictured here during Panthers training camp). They both shared a love for dogs — they own a total of six dogs in between them.
They not only love dogs, but they decided they wanted to be in the dog business. Morgan and Witherspoon entered a partnership with a doggie day care owner. The three opened a doggie day care center in the suburbs of North Carolina. Witherspoon hopes to open another center in Missouri.
Morgan and Witherspoon have also partnered with a North Carolina dog rescue operation to form a non-profit organization that places stray dogs in homes. The shelter opens next month and these two football players have agreed to be “life-long donors.”
“We adopt dogs, we bring them in. We pay for them ourselves. We do a lot of stuff that comes out of our pockets to give dogs better homes. We do a lot of positive things for dogs. We just both love dogs,” Morgan said.
In other NFL player related news, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his foundation donated an explosion detection dog, a training course and a canine protection vest to the Cleveland Division of Police’s canine unit.
Cleveland’s only explosive detecting dog, 11-year-old Rex, is nearing retirement, and the department did not have any resources to purchase a new dog.
Roethlisberger grew up in Findlay, Ohio.
Photo: Associated Press
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