TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 01: Jayden Daniels #5 of the LSU Tigers looks on during the ReliaQuest Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers at Raymond James Stadium on January 01, 2024 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 01: Jayden Daniels #5 of the LSU Tigers looks on during the ReliaQuest Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers at Raymond James Stadium on January 01, 2024 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Jayden Daniels Spends Birthday Serving Those in Need

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Jayden Daniels is currently one of the most famous college football players in his draft class. Plus, with his recent Heisman Trophy win, the LSU quarterback (QB) is even more prominent. Because of this, many would assume that he would dedicate his birthday to celebrating this win.

Instead, Daniels spent the day supporting a group of children in need of some extra holiday love.

Daniels’ donation

On December 18, (Daniels’ 23rd birthday), the QB met with Raising Cane’s CEO, Todd Graves to donate 100 bikes and helmets to the Boys and Girls Club and Big Buddy of Baton Rouge.

The Boys and Girls Clubs are located throughout America and are dedicated to providing safe places for kids to thrive. They also offer engaging programs and activities while having staff that motivates and guides its kids. 

Big Buddy is a mentor program with a goal of inspiring youth to create meaningful change.

The bike giveaway is an annual tradition for Raising Cane’s. Daniels recently inked a Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) deal with the fast food chain. He even joined fellow Heisman finalists, Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. and Oregon QB Bo Nix in working a shift at the restaurant’s flagship store in New York on Friday, December 8.

Raising Cane’s reason for the giveaway

Graves also shared one of the main reasons he holds the giveaway each year. 

“Growing up, I received a bike every year for Christmas, and it was one of the most impactful memories of my childhood,” Graves stated. “I remember the joy and excitement it brought me back then – and still does today as this tradition has continued into adulthood – and I want to recreate that same special moment for youth in need across the country.”

Daniels demonstrates appreciation for the Tigers

In addition to the bike donations, Graves and Raising Cane’s handed Daniels a $25,000 check to give to the Greg Brooks Jr. Victory Fund. Brooks, a safety for LSU, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer. The Victory Fund is committed to assisting with medical expenses.

“Something that I always wanted to do is to just give back,” Daniels said. “Growing up, I always wanted to be a role model and inspiration, so coming out here and giving back to the community and also being able to raise money for my best friend, Greg Brooks, and everything he is going through. I’m just happy to be here, blessing others.”

Daniels also acknowledged his school.

“I gave college football everything I had, especially at LSU,” Daniels said according to On3. “I poured my heart into this university. I’m excited as the future moves on for my next journey and adventure, but I just love being here. I love building relationships in college football. Those are the times you don’t get back.”

Daniels continues to display traits of a down-to-earth individual. Most 23-year-olds would spend the day with friends and family celebrating, especially if they just received a once-in-a-lifetime award. Instead, Daniels is undoubtedly proving that he is a role model and a player who understands the importance of helping out, even when he isn’t expected to.

Victoria Jonach is an aspiring writer and media analyst fascinated by what kinds of activities players participate in off the football field. Growing up in New Jersey, she is a New York Giants fan and attends Rutgers University, pursuing a career in Journalism and Media Studies. She writes for FirstRoundMock.com covering anticipated draft picks and their acts of volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and other interests that shape these individuals.

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