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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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