The Miami Dolphins were very active off the football field on Tuesday night, as not only did they hold their annual holiday toy event at the practice facility, but Angelo Elia Pizza, located in Coral Springs, teamed up with several Dolphins players, including the likes of TE MarQueis Gray, CB Torry McTyer, WR Leonte Carroo and WR Isaiah Ford. The purpose of this special event was to raise money for Dolphins WR Albert Wilson’s foundation.
The main objective of Wilson’s foundation is to give back to youths who were placed in foster care homes.
“It’s great man." Wilson said. "I am super blessed Angelo Elia Pizza invited me to hold this special charity event. I always say it is much bigger than football."
Growing up, Wilson, himself, was in-and-out of several group and foster homes, before finding stability in his sophomore year of high school.
“I am glad I was able to help Albert out." said MarQueis Gray. "I know his foundation means a lot to him, and to be apart of it is really cool.”
The event opened at 6:00 p.m., with Dolphins players posing for pictures with customers around the restaurant. A special gesture took place, as the owner of Angelo Elia Pizza allowed each player to bring the food to customers. Many were shocked when making eye-contact.
“It was great to see the smile on their faces,” said Torry McTyer. “I’m sure they were not expecting this. It’s great to be able to do this with the holiday season approaching.”
Albert Wilson is currently recovering from a hip injury suffered in Week 7 versus the Detroit Lions, a game in which the Dolphins fell, 32-21. Miami placed Wilson on the season-ending IR list, October 24. Wilson is extremely pumped to get back on the field in 2019.
“Man, we made so many memories throughout the first six games." He said. "For my season to be cut short obviously sucked, but I cannot wait to be back out there in July with the guys, when training camp opens.”
The Dolphins, at 7-7, have two games remaining: December 23 versus Jacksonville, and a road-trip to Orchard Park, New York, against the Buffalo Bills, December 30.
This story was written by Brandon Liguori. Follow him on Twitter: @BLiguoriSports
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