Lions' Jeff Okudah joins GoFundMe campaign raising more than $350K for young girl injured in Britt Reid crash

Jason Owens
·2 min read

Sunday’s Super Bowl was played under a pall of sadness.

A car crash involving Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid — the son of head coach Andy Reid — left a young girl critically injured. As Andy Reid coached in the game, 5-year-old Ariel remained unconscious in a Missouri hospital, having suffered bleeding and swelling in her brain, according to her family.

According to police, Reid, 35, admitted to having two or three drinks in addition to prescription Adderall before getting behind the wheel of a truck and hitting two cars that were pulled over on the side of a Missouri highway near the Chiefs’ facilities Thursday night. Ariel’s 4-year-old cousin was also seriously injured in the crash.

Lions rookie donates to campaign for Ariel

Britt Reid was not on the sideline Sunday, instead reportedly still hospitalized from injuries he suffered in the crash that required surgery. Ariel’s aunt Tiffany Verhulst set up a GoFundMe on behalf of Ariel’s mother Felicia Miller to raise money to help cover the cost of medical bills and other expenses related to Ariel’s hospitalization.

The campaign has a stated goal of raising $100,000. As of Monday afternoon, more than 9,000 donors had contributed $359,000 to the campaign. Among them is Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah. The first-round rookie was among the top donors to the campaign with a contribution of $1,000.

Jeff Okudah #30 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to their game against the Washington Football Team at Ford Field on November 15, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Jeff Okudah was among the top donors to a campaign for Ariel, a five-year-old girl who remains in critical condition with brain injuries. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Okudah was the No. 3 pick in the 2020 draft out of Ohio State. He played in nine games as a rookie before a core muscle injury cut his season short. He has not publicly addressed his donation and doesn’t appear to have any ties to Ariel’s family or the Kansas City area. It seems he just saw a family in need and decided to help out, like so many others donating to Ariel’s campaign.

“Ariel remains in the hospital in critical condition and is not awake,” Verhulst wrote on the GoFundMe page. “No progress updates as of right now. Thank you to everyone who has donated to support the family through this hard time, we are so grateful.”

Reid, who has a history of substance abuse, maintains his innocence of any crime. He remains under investigation as authorities await the results of a toxicology report.

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