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NFL star steps up to help officers working Florida video game tournament shooting

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, through his foundation, provided meals for first responders working on the shooting that took place at a Madden '19 tournament. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles gave a morale boost to the first responders who have been dealing with a tragic shooting that took place at a local video game tournament, Fox News reported.

Bortles, through his charitable foundation, had two hot meals paid for and delivered to everyone on the scene of the crime Monday, as a small token of appreciation for the weary work they do.

"It’s the bravery and courage that’s unanimously displayed for our community that we value the most! Thank you again to everyone who’s done and continuous to do their part for #Jacksonville! #JaxStrong," read a tweet from the Blake Bortles Foundation account.

Appreciative officers

The first responders who have been dealing with the aftermath of a deadly shooting that killed two people at a Madden NFL 19 video game tournament appreciated the local superstar's generosity.

"Thank you @BB5Foundation for the delicious @MambosCubanJax for the guys that worked so hard this weekend! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!" tweeted the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter.

"Big shout out to Blake Bortles, @BB5Foundation, and Mambos Cuban Cafe for delivering all of this food to the officers that have been working the recent tragedy," wrote the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. "It’s been a long couple days and we are so appreciative for your kindness. Thank you."

Taylor Robertson, 27, and Eli Clayton, 22, were killed by a gunman who reportedly had some mental health struggles, and who committed the crime with legally-purchased firearms after losing in the video game tournament earlier that day. Ten other people were wounded.

About the Blake Bortles Foundation

Bortles established his foundation in 2016, and it has two main focuses: assisting people with special needs/disabilities, and coming to the aid of first responders.

"We care very deeply about our local public safety organizations, as they strengthen communities and protect our citizens," the website reads.

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