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Vikings fans raise over $105,000 and counting for Saints punter Morstead's charity

Sep 11, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead (6) consoles kicker Will Lutz (3) after a missed 61 yard field goal attempt by Lutz as time expires in a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Raiders defeated the Saints 35-34. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS - While the on-field "Minneapolis Miracle" was over days ago, another Vikings-related miracle is on the verge of completion thanks to hundreds of Vikings fans and one New Orleans Saint.

Thomas Morstead, the Saints punter who tore cartilage in his ribs during the first half of Sunday's NFC Championship game, may be making a return trip to Minnesota during Super Bowl weekend. This time, however, he will be welcomed with open arms.

Not only did he finish the game despite his injury, after the play that many are dubbing the "Minneapolis Miracle," Morstead was the first Saint out on the field for the inconsequential extra-point play. That courageous display of grit and respect resonated with many Vikings fans.

One fan even took to Reddit to draw attention to Morstead's charity, "What You Give Will Grow."

Show your respect for NO Saints Punter Thomas Morstead by donating to his Charity. Played with a broken rib yet was one of the 8 players that came out for the point after. from minnesotavikings

Now, two days later, a different type of miracle is on the verge of happening. That miracle? A donation to the Children's Minnesota Child Life Program, supplied solely by Minnesota Vikings fans, of $100,000.

When the amount raised had reached $25,000, Morstead made a bold statement on his Twitter page saying he'd "fly up to Minneapolis week of the Super Bowl to personally do a check presentation with @childrensmn if we get to $100K."

As of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, the foundation has raised nearly $108,000.

It's safe to say Morstead can start pricing his round-trip ticket back to Minneapolis.

This effort comes two weeks after Buffalo Bills fans flocked to the foundation of Andy Dalton, quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals, after Dalton led a game-winning drive against the Baltimore Ravens in the final week of the NFL season, effectively securing a spot for the Bills in the playoffs. In the three days following that game, fans contributed over $250,000 to Dalton's foundation.

If you'd like to donate to Morstead's charity, visit vikings.wygwg.org, or click here.

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