Jim Irsay, Jeffrey Lurie, More NFL Owners Donate to Fund for Jeff Dickerson's Son

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 30, 2021

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 21: NFL footballs are lined up on the field before the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Parker's Fund, a GoFundMe fundraiser created to benefit the 11-year-old son of former ESPN Chicago Bears beat reporter Jeff Dickerson, has received generous donations from many people within the NFL community.

Of note, Washington Football Team owners Dan and Tanya Snyder and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay have each donated $25,000 in support of Parker Dickerson, whose 44-year-old father died Tuesday due to complications from colon cancer.

The Bears also donated $25,000 on Wednesday evening, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie donated $10,000. Other notable contributions came from Fox NFL reporter Jay Glazer ($5,000) and the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks ($2,500 each), among others.

Parker's mother and Jeff's wife, Caitlin, died two years earlier after undergoing treatment for melanoma and its complications.

Jen Etling Hobin, Dickerson's sister-in-law, started Parker's Fund and explained how the funds will be utilized.

"Many people have reached out wanting to know how they can support Parker. We set up this fund to do exactly that. Please know that every dollar raised will directly support Parker’s education, health and welfare ... and yes, his athletics. Parker will continue to be surrounded by many fans - doting grandparents Sandy & George, Grandma Patty, aunts, uncles and cousins. We hope this fund becomes a lasting tribute to a loving father, son, a great brother-in-law, uncle, professional, coach, colleague and friend."

An anonymous donor has also pledged to match $60,000 worth of donations to Parker to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

As of 9:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, a total of $608,043 had been raised for Parker, shattering the initial $100,000 goal. The fundraiser is still accepting donations, and over 9,400 of them have been sent.

Jeff Dickerson covered the team in various capacities for 20 years, moving from ESPN 1000 Radio to ESPNChicago.com before landing on ESPN.com in 2013. He also served as a sports reporter for ABC Channel 7 in Chicago, among other duties.

The beloved beat writer received an outpouring of kind words following his passing, with ESPN's Kevin Seifert penning a touching obituary that shed light on the man behind the scenes.