Ryan Switzer Starts Charitable 'Reception Challenge' After Criticism on Twitter

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 24, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Ryan Switzer #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on September 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ryan Switzer has turned his Twitter beef with a local sports radio host into a charitable endeavor known as the "Reception Challenge."

The situation began when 93.7 The Fan host Colin Dunlap was critical of a play call during the Steelers' 20-16 Week 11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in which Switzer was the primary target for Ben Roethlisberger on a 2nd-and-goal pass:

Colin Dunlap @colin_dunlap

So the plan was to throw to Switzer? Yikes.

Roethlisberger threw an interception on the play, but it was negated by a face mask penalty against Jacksonville cornerback D.J. Hayden.

After Switzer responded by calling Dunlap "a keyboard warrior," Dunlap wanted to make sure everyone knew his criticism wasn't meant to be personal and announced he would make a $20 donation (minimum $500) for every reception the Steelers wideout has the rest of this season (he currently has 21):

Colin Dunlap @colin_dunlap

Talking about sports is what I do. Sometimes that involves criticism. It’s my goal to never make it personal. @Switz felt I did, I felt I didn’t. It bothers me and demands olive branch. That said, for every catch he has rest of season I’ll donate $20 to his charity($500 min).

Switzer responded to Dunlap by pledging to donate $40 to the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for every reception he gets until this season ends:

Ryan Switzer @Switz

Great idea. You hear that @colin_dunlap? I’ve picked my charity of choice. And I’d like to double down. $40 from me for every catch the rest of the season/playoffs to the oncology programs at @ChildrensPgh. https://t.co/tLNxjCiKqe

Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt also joined the effort:

TJ Watt @_TJWatt

This Is Something I Can Get Behind. You Have My Donation. https://t.co/em0x4OCBlX

Per ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler, Dunlap's seven-year-old daughter, Darran Dunlap, is a patient at the UPMC Children's Hospital, where she is being treated for leukemia.

It's a move that has already paid off before Switzer takes the field in Week 12 against the Denver Broncos, as Fowler noted the "Reception Challenge" has generated more than $6,000 in donations.