CFB Assistance Fund


The College Football Assistance Fund (CFAF) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to the support of football players who  have serious injuries through college football. Assistance will be provided to ease the burden of medical costs associated with injuries such as joint replacement, spine treatment, neurological care and other related expenses.

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The CFAF was established in 2010 by a group of collegiate coaches and athletic administrators concerned about the limited resources available to injured football players.

The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff works each year to provide monetary and promotional support to the CFAF in hopes of helping the CFAF assist even more athletes.

CFAF Grant Recipient Bios

Eric LeGrand

The CFAF was inspired by Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand, who experienced a life-changing spinal chord injury during a game against Army in 2010. The first grant in CFAF history was made to help Eric modify his home for his new condition.

Devon Walker

Tulane University’s Devon Walker collapsed after an accidental helmet-to-helmet hit during a 2012 game against Tulsa. Devon suffered a spine fracture, dramatically altering his life, and that of his family. The CFAF provided a grant to Walker to help ease the cost of family travel.

Sterling Thomas

Thomas, a defensive back at Lindenwood University in Missouri, suffered a paralyzing spinal chord injury during a 2012 game against Missouri Southern. The CFAF provided a grant to help Thomas cover the cost of home modifications.

Donnie Salum

Salum, a former University of Arizona linebacker, was recently diagnosed with an extremely rare form of bone tumor at the base of his skull, touching his brain stem. A CFAF grant was provided to assist with Salum’s medical costs.

Budge Porter

Former University of Nebraska player Budge Porter suffered a catastrophic neck dislocation during a Cornhusker practice in 1976, which led to paralysis. A CFAF grant helped Budge build his first fully wheelchair-accessible home.

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