Sam Heras left yesterday's Vikings game with much more than he came with.
Heras, who turned 18 on Sunday, was honored as the U.S. Bank Hometown Hero in the first half of yesterday's game against Indianapolis. During the on-field presentation at the two-minute warning, Heras was surprised when a new car was wheeled out for him from the tunnel. Along with the car, the Vikings are also providing Heras with a cash donation and gas and grocery gift cards to help him out.
Within the past two years, Heras lost both of his parents. This year he was forced to stop playing football before his senior year at Irondale High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, so he could work to pay bills. His hard work didn't go unnoticed by his friends and former teammates as they set up a GoFundMe account that has raised more than $50,000 in the last two months.
To join the Vikings and their support for Heras, you can click here to donate.