Ohio State player raising money for troops at combine
Joshua Perry is trying to earn a better life with a successful showing at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. The Ohio State linebacker is also trying do to the same for some less fortunate.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Perry is raising money for the Eagle Fund, which supports active-duty wounded or injured members of the U.S. military’s special operations forces. He’ll also donate an undisclosed amount of money in addition to what people pledge per inch in the vertical jump, where he hopes to hit at least 36 inches.
Perry spent the last two months training in Florida at the same facility as special operations members doing their rehab.
“It’s very unique that we have an opportunity to train alongside these special-ops,” Perry told the Dispatch. “It’s very special.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the senior linebacker is turning the weekend into a charitable cause. Because of his leadership on an off the field, he was a Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist, which ultimately went to Penn State’s Carl Nassib.
Perry is one of four players that is raising money for the Eagle Fund, which reportedly hopes to reach a $25,000 mark in Indianapolis this week. Penn State’s Anthony Zettel is also raising money at the combine. He’s hoping to raise $180 for each bench press rep through Uplifting Athletes.
There are 14 Ohio State players looking to improve their draft stocks at the combine, which is more than any other team in the country. Perry is currently projected as a second-day pick.
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