Originally created 10/06/01

Falcons raise more than $243,000



ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have raised more than $243,000 for relief efforts after the terror attacks, much of it from a charity flag football game the team played a week after the suicide hijackings.

About 3,000 fans showed up at the Falcons' training facility Sept. 18 to watch the flag football game, which featured running back Jamal Anderson as a quarterback and top draft pick Michael Vick as a tackler. The fans' donations were added to other contributions sent to the Falcons since the attacks.

The team said Friday it had collected $243,021.91, to be divided among the New York Firefighters 9-11 Fund, the New York City Twin Towers Fund, the American Red Cross and other charities helping victims of the attacks.

"It has been overwhelming," Falcons coach Dan Reeves said. "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 Sept. 11."