October 22, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Charles Woodson wants to be known as more than a football player.
Donating $2 million to the new University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital gives him a chance to do that.
The school announced Woodson's gift on Thanksgiving before he played for the Green Bay Packers against the Detroit Lions.
Woodson's money will support pediatric research by The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund in the $754-million, 1.1-million square foot hospital slated to open in 2012.
He hopes to attract the world's best researchers who want to help children with cancer, heart disease, kidney disorders and autism.
Woodson said during a visit to Ann Arbor earlier this month that becoming a father motivated him to make the gift.