Texans Star Fights Domestic Violence
Texans star DeAndre Hopkins joins fight against domestic violence with unique challenge
To call attention to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged to donate $1,000 for each touchdown he scores in October to AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse). But in a shaky Texans win over Tennessee on Sunday, quarterback Brock Osweiler completed just one of six passes to Hopkins — and that was in the fourth quarter and far from the goal line.
The Texans have four more games this month — against Minnesota, Indianapolis, Denver and Detroit — so there's still time. And Hopkins has a career total of 21 touchdowns in the NFL since joining the Texans in 2013.
Hopkins made the announcement last week during a dinner at the home of Sheridan and John Eddie Williams, celebrating honorees and underwriters of AVDA’s Annual Gala, Home Safe Home, on October 5 at the Astorian. Hopkins, who was joined by teammate Braxton Miller, challenged the crowd of to match his contribution, and the Williamses, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Trini Mendenhall, Marie Bosarge, Jeri and Mark Shapiro, Sylvia and Mark Russell, and Hannah and Cal McNair immediately agreed.
"Domestic violence was a part of Hopkins incredible path to professional football, one that included car crashes — fatal and miraculous — the disfiguring acid attack of his mother who survived, a failed suicide attempt by a cousin, and Hopkins' two-decades-long struggle to overcome a tragic family history," AVDA officials said in a press release.
Texans fans can also join in the Hopkins challenge by making contributions on the AVDA website.