Mario Cristobal and his wife Jessica realize there are many police officers working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday, the Oregon football coach and his family decided to give back to those local responders working the lunch shift at the Eugene Police Department.
The Cristobals packed individual meals for police personnel, each containing this message: “Thank you for your selfless service to our community! We appreciate you! God bless and stay safe.”
The Eugene Police Department was taken back by the selfless gesture from the Ducks community and shared this thank you post on Twitter.
“BIG THANKS to @oregonfootball, @coach_cristobal, @jesscristobaLLL, who donated these delicious box lunches today.The whole stack disappeared a short time after they arrived. We are grateful for your support.”
BIG THANKS to @oregonfootball @coach_cristobal @JessCristobaLLL who donated these delicious box lunches today. The whole stack disappeared a short time after they arrived. We are grateful for your support!! #GoDucks !!! pic.twitter.com/vQXJKtdpKn— Eugene Police Dept. (@EugenePolice) April 7, 2020
During a press conference with the media Friday, Cristobal expressed his appreciation for those who are serving the community during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I've always had the ultimate respect for teachers and police officers and obviously doctors, nurses, practitioners, and now more than ever homeschooling is hard,” Cristobal said. “It's been quite the challenge but love the challenge and the opportunity that comes with that. I think everybody is reconnecting in a way that they never thought they would.”
Cristobal has certainly become one of the most beloved figures in the Eugene community. The third-year coach led Oregon to a Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin in 2019. The future is bright for Ducks football, but Cristobal knows in times like these, it’s all much bigger than football.