Absolutely incredible.

Thanks to the support of friends and family, teammates and opponents, the UCLA and ESPN community and even complete strangers, the Big Nick Fund – set up for former UCLA offensive lineman Nick Ekbatani after his recent car accident - has hit its target goal of $50,000.

In five days.

What an incredible story of a community coming together for one of the best dudes I know. Everyone understands that the recovery process will not be easy, but to be able to ease some of the financial burden on the family is just fantastic.

Knowing Nick’s passion for life, that inner fire that fuels him, he’s going to respond to this adversity. Proof: watch the video, taken less than a week after the accident.

Great job, everyone.

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  • bruwin5931

    Hi Jon,

    Just wanted to let you know I doubled my donation because of your passion for this cause. Although the amount is not gigantic, I hope it will be of some help for Nick and his family. It’s incredible what has been accomplished in such a short period of time, and hopefully the fund will continue to grow. Thanks again, and Go Bruins!

  • BE REAL

    Nice commentary by Nick

    Kind of related in a sense, but Le Bron James said of the Colorado slaughter that it was so selfish and stupid for someone to do that, and that James’ stomach hurt as a result of hearing about it.

    Now that was a real and visceral reaction, and the one that made the most sense of everybody’s “heart-felt” reactions

    And for the killer, a nice-looking, smart, good family type of guy, to do this, well, there is no answer if we are looking for one. Irrational people do irrational things.

  • BE REAL

    Interesting that there are no comments about Nick. I guess it speaks to how shallow, callous and narcisstic most L.A. people are.

    Oh, well.

    Still, the comparisons of Nick apparently being “gunned” down by an over-aggressive L.A. driver (now that is redundant) to the Colorado calamity seem to be well-founded.

  • Reformed Droog

    Troll much?

    “Interesting that there are no comments about Nick.”

    Absolutely…except for the dozens of earlier comments on this site, the fundraiser page, various UCLA blogs and message boards, and other public news sites.

    “I guess it speaks to how shallow, callous and narcisstic most L.A. people are.”

    So your argument is that your perceived lack of commentary about an unfortunate accident makes people shallow, callous and narcisstic [sic]?

    This, as opposed to someone who tries to stir up emotion on a sports website purely for the purpose of trying to incite controversy?