League players rise for McKinnon

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Jarryd Hayne of the Eels wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Jarryd Hayne of the Eels wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18:  Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Jarryd Hayne of the Eels wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Jarryd Hayne of the Eels wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18:  Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs wears the #16 jersey in respect for Alex McKinnon during the round 19 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Pirtek Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Round 19, NRL 2014, Pictures: Getty Images

IN ROUND 19 of the NRL, there was the home team, the away team and . . . Alex's team.

And there was always ever going to be one winner.

More than $1 million was raised during the Rise For Alex round in support of injured Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon.

McKinnon was left with a devastating spinal injury after a lifting tackle earlier this year.

The money will be used money to meet the cost of medical bills, housing suitable for his mobility and movement, essential physiotherapy equipment and treatment as he strives to walk again.

The entire round was dedicated to McKinnon.

Each game featured an emotional ceremony and teams walked out to the ground side side by side.

Fans did their part by donating and buying Rise for Alex wristbands.

Several of the game's top stars set aside their usual number to wear the No.16 jersey — the jersey McKinnon was wearing during the the round three clash with Melbourne.

One of those was Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne.

Hayne has put a signed jersey and boots to auction to help another person doing it tough. Curtis Landers, 15, suffered a neck injury at Port Macquarie.

"Alex's injury has raised a lot of awareness and educates, even myself, about the extent of these kind of injuries that can happen, as we've also seen with Curtis," Hayne said.

"I've heard a lot about Curtis through Hodko [Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson] during Origin camp and I hope by raising a few dollars this can help out in some small way."

To bid, visit parraeels.com.au.

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