CLEVELAND — Browns cornerback Denzel Ward is used to covering the top receiver on the opposing team.
Now, the Macedonia native is lending a helping hand during the coronavirus outbreak by covering major expenses for 21 Northeast Ohioans who own businesses or work in the service industry.
Ward, who wears number 21 for the Browns and was drafted 4th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft when he was 21 years old, made the announcement on his Instagram account.
Applications are being accepted on the website of Ward's foundation, Make Them Know Your Name. The expenses could include rent/mortgage, groceries, utilities or other pressing needs.
Ward joins several of his Browns teammates who have given back to the community in the midst of a pandemic. Baker and Emily Mayfield, Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi have donated meals or food to those in need, while owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam donated $1.5 million to Ohio coronavirus relief efforts.