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Andre Dillard gives care packages to all WSU athletes

NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Former Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard became a wealthy man after being drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Dillard has a little more than $12 million guaranteed over the length of his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dillard is using some of that money to help student athletes at WSU. This week, photos of care packages started popping up on Twitter. When I first saw it, I assumed it was only for the football team. Nope! Dillard donated “fueling care packages,” as WSU is calling them, to every athlete within the athletic department.

Good on you, Andre.

And apparently Dillard intended for the care packages to go under the radar. Theo Lawson of The Spokesman-Review talked to Dillard’s dad, and the senior Dillard indicated he had no idea his son was doing this until he talked to Andre on Thursday:

“That is the type of person Andre is. He does things because he feels like they need to be done,” Mitch (Dillard) said. “… He’s been given a lot of opportunity and that’s one of the things I told him is, ‘Find a way to give a back.’ … I’m actually very happy to see he’s found a way to do that.

“I think it’s a good way to make that transition to make sure you stay connected with the community, because he got help along the way. It makes me feel good as a dad to see that he is thinking about other people.”

Athletes, whether they’re in Pullman or not, will receive the care packages. Those athletes don’t have any access to gyms or the athletic department chef during the COVID-19 lockdown, so even one tub of whey protein has to feel good.

WSU athletes are probably itching to get back to the gym and with their teammates. Dillard’s gesture makes the waiting game a little easier to bear.

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Links

Former Washington State tackle Andre Dillard donates strength equipment, nutrition items to alma mater | The Spokesman-Review
Recognizing many of his former college teammates, and other WSU athletes, may not have workout equipment or nutritional resources readily available to them, Andre Dillard stepped up and spent big on care packages that the school has distributed to all Cougar athletes.

Brian Green goes in-depth on Washington State baseball facility during S-R live chat | The Spokesman-Review
Green offered updates on the renovation project – named “Back to Omaha” as a tribute to the program’s goal of reaching the College World Series – spoke about the culture change the Cougars underwent when he took over and also touched on WSU’s efforts in the community during Thursday’s live chat with The S-R as part of the Northwest Passages Forum.

Anthony Gordon Is Flying Under The Radar (2020 NFL Draft) | FantasyPros
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2020 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings: Anthony Gordon scouting report
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Five Minutes With Coug Max Borghi - Washington State University Athletics
Catch up with Cougar running back Max Borghi.

Financial implications of COVID-19 leave athletic directors in precarious positions, unchartered territory | The Spokesman-Review
Left in a financial pinch, college athletic directors across the country have been confronted with tough and uncomfortable decisions over the past few weeks and looming uncertainty means they’ll presumably face a few more, especially if the coronavirus pandemic stretches into the summer, conceivably threatening the fall football season.