Players pledge $1 million to memorial

Updated: September 23, 2009, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The NFL Players Association is pledging to raise or donate $1 million to help build the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial planned for the National Mall in Washington.

DeMaurice Smith, the association's executive director, announced the pledge Wednesday at a luncheon with the Congressional Black Caucus. He says King was an inspiration to many NFL players.

The gift brings the fundraising total to $107 million of the $120 million needed to build the memorial.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press