Morstead injured his ribs during the game, but was the first Saints player on the field when the Vikings had to go through the motions of attempting an extra point after Stefon Digg's miracle touchdown won the game for the Vikings. The fundraiser is absolutely thriving, and Morstead is giving back. "That means a lot to me". I'm totally blown away.
Children's Minnesota posted their thank you message in a Facebook video: "Hey Thomas Morstead our little Skoldiers have a message for you!" Ending the season is never a happy occasion unless you're the guys holding the Lombardi Trophy. That's a group effort, and it's going to affect everyone in your community in a positive way. Morestead told the Star Tribune "I'm just totally humbled by this". I may be forced to root for you guys all the way through the Super Bowl. "I'm blown away by everybody and I'll give you a 'Who Dat, '" said Morstead.
"Thank you to everybody who donated".
When Vikings fans caught wind of Morstead's valiant performance, his charity was inundated with donations; so much so that he responded personally on his Twitter account. However, if the Vikings do advance to the Super Bowl, Morstead has promised to be in Minnesota for the festivities to hand-deliver a check to the Minnesota Childlife Program to show his support to Vikings nation. "I'm sure we'll be at the hospital for the check presentation and everything... But it's nice to see people doing nice things".
Saints coach Sean Payton said the officials "struggled" in Sunday's game, and he wished the referees had corralled players earlier in that moment.
"It was pretty simple in my mind: 'This is either gonna be a really good or a really bad punt".
Morstead thought the money should stay in Minnesota, however, and vowed that if people contributed at least $100,000, he'd fly back to the Twin Cities to present the money to Children's Hospital.
As for how Morstead wound up on the field lined up as a defensive tackle on that final play, he said it was kind of random.
"We're inspired by your sportsmanship and want to help you reach your goal", the Vikings tweeted.
Then when he hit the locker room, he heard fullback John Kuhn saying that they needed 11 players back out on the field to line up for the formality of the two-point conversion. "So, I just jogged out there. We were just trying to get the game over and be done with it", Morstead said.