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Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter donating ‘Madden’ royalties to Minn. hospital

Professional athletes have been admirably using their status, wealth and influence to help support first responders and those hit worst by the coronavirus pandemic. Add Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end Danielle Hunter to that ever-expanding roster of athletes who are serving an integral role amid the outbreak.

Cook announced on Twitter Wednesday that he is donating his royalty earnings from Electronic Arts’ “Madden” video game series to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minn. The funds will be used to secure much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE), which of course are in severely short supply across the country.

Shortly after Cook’s announcement, Hunter followed suit, announcing he would do the same and donate his “Madden” royalties to the same hospital.

North Memorial Hospital expressed gratitude to Cook in a subsequent tweet, although it’s safe to assume the health care facility is grateful to Hunter for his gesture as well.

The Vikings also got on board, tweeting out a link to a fundraising page where fans can make donations to raise funds for PPE.

A donation in any amount obviously is welcomed by first responders and health care facilities during these uncertain and critical times. It turns out the royalties NFL players receive from being featured in “Madden” are surprisingly sizable.

According to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News, Cook’s “Madden” royalty check amounts to approximately $17,000.

Cook’s generosity showcases how one player’s actions can not only inspire his or her teammates and organization, it also can serve as a gateway for fans and the general public to make a difference as well during the COVID-19 pandemic.