More than 10 million items of apparel, t-shirts and other items were donated to charities last year, the NFL said Friday.
The items were purchased in the U.S. by NFL players, teams, schools, charitable organizations and other organizations that provide mental health services to children.
More than 3,400 people died from mental illness last year.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Friday that mental health is a priority of the league and is a “core responsibility of our NFL family.”
The league donated more than 1.6 million jerseys and apparel items in 2017, an increase of about 40 percent from 2016.
That’s an increase that was more than twice the rate of any other professional sports league.
The NFL has about 100 teams and teams can donate items to NFL charities.
The NFL donated a total of $3.6 billion in goods and services last year to charitable organizations.