While he may be sidelined this season, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner is still endearing himself with the Steel City.
This past Monday, Banner announced on Twitter that he is “crashing Hanukkah,” and donating a portion of last week’s game check to the Tree of Life Synagogue.
Im crashing Hanukkah this year guys…— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) December 15, 2020
By donating part of my last week’s game check to the Tree of Life synagogue here in Pittsburgh.
With a salary of $1,750,000 this season, a game check for Banner equates to about $103,000, before taxes. He did not disclose the actual amount of the donation.
Tree of Life responded to Banner, extending an invitation to celebrate in-person when circumstances allow.
We look forward to inviting you to celebrate the holidays with us in-person someday soon!— Tree Of Life * Or L'Simcha Congregation (@treeoflifepgh) December 15, 2020
It has been just over two years since tragedy struck the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, when their congregation was attacked by a white supremacist gunman during Shabbat morning services. Eleven lives were lost, with six more worshippers wounded.
Banner began the year as the Steelers’ starting right tackle, but has spent the majority of the 2020 season on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in the season opener against the New York Giants.