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NFL and St. Jude


Since 2012, the NFL has partnered with St. Jude through its NFL PLAY 60 program, helping patients and families cope with serious illnesses through approaches such as play therapy and peer interaction.

As part of PLAY 60, St. Jude has had the opportunity to be a part of the NFL Draft and NFL Network's Run Rich Run campaign during NFL Scouting Combine.

This partnership is raising support and awareness for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude and giving patients unique experiences at various NFL events.

St. Jude patient Kate announcing a pick at the NFL Draft in 2017

St. Jude patient Kate announcing a pick at the NFL Draft in 2017


St. Jude patients and the NFL

'Go Browns!'

St. Jude patient Fletcher was a “virtual” guest of the NFL when he announced the Cleveland Browns' Round 1 draft pick on April 23.

St. Jude patient Owen

Meet Owen

At the 2019 NFL Draft, St. Jude patient Owen announced the Seattle Seahawks' round three draft pick onstage.


'This is the moment'

St. Jude patient Austin announced the Denver Broncos' first pick at the 2018 NFL Draft.

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patient Shon Coleman at the St. Jude campus during the 2016 NFL Draft. Shon was selected by the Cleveland Browns.

Meet Shon

During the 2016 NFL Draft, St. Jude patient Shon Coleman was selected by the Cleveland Browns, and chose to be on the campus of St. Jude to share the experience with family, friends and patients.


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St. Jude patient Derek

Join the winning team

Because of supporters like you, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

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St. Jude patient Bailey with NFL's Rich Eisen

How the NFL is helping St. Jude

For a healthy child, playing 60 minutes a day is a given. For a child battling cancer, it's a gift. That's why NFL Network, NFL PLAY 60 and sports journalist Rich Eisen support St. Jude.

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