Former Badger Football star Jonathan Taylor sends pizza smorgasbord to Madison's frontline workers.

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    Sun May 24 2020
Taylor also recorded a video message thanking the frontline workers for their courage and endurance. Video still courtesy of UW Health.
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Author: Sam Buisman

Jonathan Taylor with the carry-out!

The former Badger football star organized a massive Toppers Pizza delivery to frontline workers at University Hospital and American Family Children's Hospital to cap a week-long donation drive for these employees. Taylor also recorded a personal video message for the workers, thanking them for their bravery and endurance throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

“You guys set aside any uncertainties or any doubts and still go out there each and every single day and battle this pandemic head-on in order to protect the well-being of others,” said Taylor in the video. “So I salute you guys, you guys are truly, truly making a big difference.” 

For this past week, the four Toppers Pizza locations in Madison, which Taylor owns, have been collecting donations for the city's frontline workers. Taylor matched all of these donations and sent off this special delivery and personal message to culminate the fundraiser.

Taylor played on the Badger football team for three years and broke NCAA records by rushing for 6,174 yards throughout his career. As a junior, Taylor was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, for whom he continues to play.

But with this play, Taylor swaps a touchdown for touching hearts.