(WTVM) – The former University of Georgia running back and Columbus native Isaiah Crowell has made good on a promise, donating his first paycheck to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Crowell donated $35,300 to the foundation after a promise he made back in July.
In an interview with Cleveland.com, Crowell said he never wanted publicity for his act in the first place.
"I want to do it. I really want to do it. I said I was going to do it and I wanted to follow through," Crowell said.
For Crowell, it was one of the many ways he planned to atone for posting a graphic illustration of a hooded figure holding a police officer's head back and slitting his throat on his Instagram account in July. He quickly deleted the post.
Crowell told reporters emotions were running high that week, and that he wishes he could get people to see that he's sorry.
"My feelings about what was going on-- I made a mistake of posting that picture," he said. "I wish I could take it back. That's not who I am."
Later in the month, Crowell attended a funeral in Dallas of one of the five slain police officers. Ultimately, the foundation wanted to educate Crowell on police sacrifice, and for him to develop a relationship with the foundation.
With that summer ordeal behind him, Crowell, now with the NFL's Cleveland Browns, is one of the hottest running backs in the league right now.
"Now he can get out here and play this game without having to worry about the stress of whether he's being politically involved in this or that," said President of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation Sergeant Demetrick Pennie. "Now, he's able to focus on his career and being a positive role model and that's what I want him to do.''
Crowell played high school football at Carver High in Columbus and college football for the University of Georgia in 2011 and then Alabama State in 2012 and 2013.