3rd and 3.
It’s the 2nd quarter against the Saints. The Packers are leading 13 to 7. Drew Brees and his offense are knocking on the door of taking the lead. The future Hall of Famer fires a screen pass to Taysom Hill. Hill is prompted dropped by Packers safety Adrian Amos for a gain of only one. It was a huge stop.
The Saints settled for a field goal. The Packers went on to win 37 to 30.
What seemed like a big tackle on third down meant so much more than that.
Amos lost his grandmother, Geraldine Thompson, to Alzheimer’s disease this past June.
To honor her, the Packers’ safety has pledged to donate $1,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter for every tackle that he makes during the 2020 season.
Amos can feel his grandma’s presence on the field this year.
“Before one of my games, my father texted me and reminded me that my grandma, over the last couple of years, really couldn’t understand enough to watch me play,” Amos said. “For the past 8 to 10 years, she wasn’t able to do that. Now, she finally gets to watch me play. It’s good that she’s not suffering anymore, and she can watch me play.”
With 10 tackles through three games, Amos has already pledged $10,000. How much more does he hope to donate?
“There’s not really a specific goal, but the last few years, I’ve been flirting around 80 [tackles]. Anywhere around there or more than would be great.”
His next opportunity to accrue more tackles and more money will be in primetime. The Packers take on the Falcons at home on Monday Night Football.
To learn more or to donate to Adrian’s cause, you can visit http://act.alz.org/goto/TEAMADRIANAMOS.