John Elway takes on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money and awareness for ALS

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Former Denver Broncos quarterback and current General Manager of the team John Elway got soaked on the field Wednesday, but it was his choice.

Elway picked up a bucket of ice water and soaked himself as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The idea is to pour a bucket of ice water over your head and challenge others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

Between July 29 and August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year.

"The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both," officials said on ALS.org. "Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease."

"We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative."

Elway was challenged by Thomas Dimitroff, the general manager for the Atlanta Falcons. He then challenged the GM's of the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

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