Brian Finneran - Flag Football Disaster Relief

Falcons raise nearly quarter million dollars for September 11 relief
October 5, 2001

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Brian Finneran beats Matt Stewart and Corey Hall for a long touchdown pass from Chris Mohr
Atlanta Flacons receiver Brian Finneran dunks over the goal post after scoring a touch down during a flag football fundraiser.
As a result of the September 18th Flag Football Disaster Relief fundraising event and subsequent donations that have been sent to the Falcons’ offices, the total amount of $243,021.91 has been raised.

Over 3,000 fans showed up at the Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch on Tuesday afternoon a week after the terrorist attacks. They watched the Falcons play a spirited game of flag football, and got autographs from players, coaches and cheerleaders.

Falcons mascot Freddie Falcon was also on hand to entertain the crowd. The Hall County Fire Department and the Flowery Branch Police Officers helped the Falcons accommodate the fans. The mood was patriotic, and the giving was generous, as the local firefighters collected checks, cash and coins in their traditional fire boots.

For two weeks after the event, the donations kept coming into the Falcons’ offices, including sizeable donations from the Rockdale County Fire Department, local companies and individuals.

“It has been overwhelming,” said Head Coach Dan Reeves. “The generosity of our fans and supporters, the community, our players, coaches and staff, has brought us to this grand total. We hope that this amount, along with the donation from the National Football League and Players Association, will, in some small way, help those families who fell victim to the terrible tragedy on September 11th.”

The money collected was divided between the New York Firefighters 9-11 Fund and the New York City Twin Towers Fund. Other monetary gifts were made directly to the Chris Faughnan Memorial Fund, the American Red Cross and the Hall County Firefighters Auxiliary.