After signing a $ 7 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night, former Cincinnati Bengal quarterback Andy Dalton thanked his former franchise in an Instagram post on Sunday.
The post included a three-minute video that began with the moment he was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft to highlight throughout his nine-year career with the Bengals. Dalton was released on Thursday after the organization drafted Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in last month’s draft.
Andy Dalton during warm-ups for the preseason between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants on Thursday, August 22, 2019 (Photo: Jeff Dean)
“Thanks, Cincinnati,” Dalton wrote on Instagram. “Thank you Cincinnati for the past nine years. There are countless memories that will stay with me forever. I am grateful for the friendships, my teammates, the coaches and the organization. You pushed me to be better every day. Thank you to the Cincinnati community for supporting @ajdfoundation. We couldn’t have had the impact we made without all of you. Thank you @ jjdalton5 for always supporting me and being by my side every step of the way. I am blessed that we are on this journey together. We will always treasure our time in Cincinnati. Who Dey! “
The Dalton Foundation received approximately 900 donations totaling more than $ 25,000 within 24 hours of the decision to release Dalton.
Dalton’s wife JJ then wrote on Instagram that all donations would go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support of our family and @adjfoundation! “Wrote JJ Dalton. “Your gifts and your kind words mean more than you think!” We are honored to serve such an incredible community !! All donations will go to @cincychildrens! We love you all! Who Dey! “
Dalton will be Dallas’ alternate quarterback at Dak Prescott, but the Cowboys are expected to visit the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium this season. The NFL is expected to release its 2020 calendar this week.