Derrick Nnadi committed to paying the adoption fees for a dog for every NFL game his team won. When his team took home the Super Bowl championship, he took things a step further.
There's definitely nothing like beating your competition in a landslide victory and celebrating with your team. On Super Bowl Sunday this past weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs from the state of Missouri won the NFL championship against the San Francisco 49ers by 40 points to 21. Of course, we're sure the champagne was flowing and there was no shortage of congratulations. However, while the rest of the team was celebrating, Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi decided to commemorate the occasion in a more philanthropic way. He chose to pay off the adoption fees of more than 100 dogs at a local animal shelter, CNN reports.
Now, because of Nnadi's humanitarianism, every dog at the KC Pet Project animal shelter is absolutely free to adopt. This means those who would like to give loving homes to stray dogs can do so without worrying about adoption fees. The shelter is currently home to more than 100 stray dogs, but they are sure to find forever homes in no time. The player stated in an interview, "All my life I always wanted a dog. Growing up I didn't have a pet, my parents didn't really allow pets." Though he could only make this childhood dream come true when he got to college, he's about to make a lot of kids with love to give very happy.
Nnadi adopted his first dog Rocky as a senior in college. The love and friendship he shared with little Rocky inspired him to help other animals. "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." Therefore, he partnered with the KC Pet Project animal shelter through The Derrick Nnadi Foundation during his second year in the NFL. The KC Pet Project is a non-profit animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri. When the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl over the weekend, he paid the adoption fees of over 100 dogs. That's about $150 in adoption fees per dog.
However, he's been supporting the animal shelter ever since this season began. For every game that the Chiefs won, the defensive tackle paid for a dog's adoption fee. Throughout the season and post-season, Nnadi's team won 15 times. He said the chance to give a dog a loving home gave him extra motivation to go out and play hard. The two celebrations were, therefore, the perfect end to the season. "I've never been a champion before," he explained. "All the years of me playing football, that first time honestly feels like the best day of my life." And his donations haven't gone unnoticed. Tori Fugate, the chief communications officer at KC Pet Project, stated, "Thanks to his incredible support, more than 100 available dogs in our care will have their adoption fees sponsored starting today." If you, like Nnadi, want to do a good deed, you can adopt your very own furry friend from KC Pet Project here.