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(Associated Press file photo) St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola breaks free of Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah to run down field for 93 yards and a touchdown in a preseason game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in St Louis.

NFL: Patriots receiver Amendola to contribute to marathon fund for every catch, dropped pass

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BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola plans to donate $100 for every pass he catches next season to charity funds set up in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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Amendola tweeted Tuesday that he would give that amount to whatever “Boston Marathon Relief Fund” is established and $200 for any dropped pass. The Patriots signed Amendola in the offseason as a free agent from the St. Louis Rams.

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork sent a tweet asking for $10 donations to the Vince Wilfork Foundation with all proceeds until the end of April going to benefit victims of the explosions.

Two explosions near the finish line of Monday’s race killed three people and wounded more than 170.

Robert Kraft, owner of the Patriots and the New England Revolution of MLS, said his family would match up to $100,000 in donations made online to the teams’ foundations to help with the recovery of victims.

“We are grieving for the victims of this senseless act,” Kraft said in a statement. “It is not lost on us that this tragedy occurred on Patriots Day, at an event where our own staff and their families were participating, and where thousands of runners were raising money for charities with which we are associated either through our Foundation, our alumni or our friends. Our focus is on helping those in need and beginning the healing process. We hope by matching donations we will encourage more people to give.”

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