NFL good guys give back: NFC

OTFB Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

The desire to promote the welfare of others. That is the first definition when Googling ‘philanthropy’. It then goes on to talk about donations of money. Yes, money is helpful – so is a person’s time.

In this article, I highlight some of my favorite NFC players who do just that, donate their time.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is a traveler, philanthropist, photographer and father. Fitzgerald donates a lot of time to community programs in Arizona where he plays for the Cardinals. This past fall, he held a Women’s Clinic.

Our very own reporter, Page Denny, was at his event representing Our Turf Football. She shares these pics from his Field of Smiles Presentation. One knows that these young women have benefited by spending time with Larry Fitzgerald. Each of them takes home with her something positive to enhance the community she lives in, for the better. 

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NFL Foundations debuts Legends Impact Grant

Our Turf Football loves to share stories of the good works being done in our communities by teams and players in the NFL.

Today’s story comes from the NFL Foundation, which has announced recipients of the Legends Impact Grant. This grant recognizes the outstanding and ongoing philanthropic efforts of NFL Legends.

Press Release: ​A new component to the NFL Foundation’s Player Foundation Grant initiative, the Award supports NFL Legends’ commitment to making their communities healthy, happy, and safe through their non-profit foundations.

“Philanthropy plays such a large role in NFL players’ lives,” said NFL Executive Director of the NFL Foundation and Senior Director of Philanthropy ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “We are proud to support these incredible NFL Legends who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.”

NFL Legends ALAN PAGE, BRUCE HARPER and STEVE YOUNG were selected as the inaugural winners, and were awarded $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000, respectively for their foundations. In 2018, the NFL Foundation awarded $830,000 in Player Foundation Grants to support 68 non-profit foundations led by current players and NFL Legends.

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NFL Good Guys Give Back: AFC

OTFB Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

This week, we are focusing on the positives of the AFC, its teams, its players and its communities making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack

But before I get to that, some news on the retirement front.  Yesterday,  it was announced that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially retiring from the NFL, effective immediately. He will be missed. This week, there was another memorable retirement announcement from Philadelphia defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. He put new meaning into ‘going out on top’.

The Haloti Ngata Family Foundation‘s motto is: Improving the lives of others through love and strength. We wish him all the best in his future! Ngata definitely belongs on the #NFLGoodGuy list here at Our Turf Football.

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NFL Foundation: Changing lives on and off the field

OTFB Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Today, we are starting a new series on the positives of the National Football League, its teams, its players and its communities. Each week we will focus on a team, along with a community leader, making a difference in their city or town. We will discuss the movement surrounding an event and the people who support making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack

The NFL Foundation is the League’s nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs.  Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.

 

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Football is more than just a game

Sonja Greenfield NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

On Friday, Feb. 15th, the NFLPA released a statement saying that the NFL has reached a settlement with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and current Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid in their collusion case against the NFL.

The almost 3-year saga has, for all intents and purposes, has come to a sort of anti-climactic close.

Regardless of if you support Kaepernick and Reid or not, it opened up dialog.  Or at least attempted to.  I had a hard time finding people who could civilly discuss this online, but hopefully more civil discussions were had in “real life”.

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Chris Long wins Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in Africa

Sonja Greenfield NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

 

**This article contains views of the author and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Our Turf Football.**

There are plenty of NFL players that are doing great things in their various communities, and they all deserve to be celebrated.

One such player is Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Chris Long.  As you know, he was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man Of The Year this past Saturday.  Long, like the other nominees for the award, has long been a good guy in his community.  However, to me, he sticks out for some very important reasons.

I’ve always felt that if you’re given a platform to do some good, then it’s your responsibility to do just that. Not that you have to, of course, but it’s a good thing to do.

Long’s Waterboy initiative has been in place since 2016. Its goal is to bring fresh water to the African country of Tanzania by building sustainable wells.  The goal is to build 32 wells, one for every team in the NFL.  He is bringing together veterans, NFL players, and has recently expanded to include NBA players as well.

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“Now here’s a guy…..” Steeler’s Smith-Schuster makes football fun

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

No, this isn’t going to be a diatribe on why Cris Collinsworth is awful, nor will it be a diatribe on why he’s amazing.  Collinsworth’s catchphrase is what came to my mind when I thought about Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Now here’s a guy who gets it.  He just does.  He’s one of the younger players in the NFL and he works hard!

 

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Eric Berry kicks off annual Stock the Shoppe campaign

Araceli Villanueva Kansas City Chiefs Reporter

By Araceli Villanueva //@Aracelv1

‘Tis the season and KC Chiefs’ safety Eric Berry is in the Christmas spirit. The spirit of giving that is.

The Eric Berry Foundation kicked off their third annual Stock the Shoppe Gift Card and Toy Drive campaign at Nick and Jakes in Overland Park, KS. This is the first of four events being held in the metro area, and it was a success.

The mission of the campaign is to collect toys and raise funds for the Snowflake Shoppe at Children’s Mercy Kansas City which allows parents and caregivers to select gifts for children in the hospital, and their family members, at no cost, all without leaving the building.

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Press Release from the Miami Dolphins

MIAMI – In the spirit of the holiday season, Miami Dolphins player TJ McDonald, staff and FOOTBALL UNITESTM community partners visited the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind to deliver four wearable artificial intelligence devices to selected recipients on Monday, Nov. 26. Purchased by the Israeli Consulate in Miami, the OrCam Technologies are designed to improve the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired and have reading difficulties.

“These OrCam devices help these children who are having trouble seeing, it helps them read, helps them recognize faces and it will help level the playing field for them,” Miami Dolphins Safety TJ McDonald said. “Talking to them, they all had similar interests as me growing up. I think that it will be able to eliminate some of the challenges they might have and be able to keep pushing forward and achieve their goals. It feels awesome, it’s exciting to be able to see the looks on their faces it definitely makes me feel good and I am excited for their futures.”

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The agony of defeat: Titans lose to the Colts 38-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Colts 38 – Titans 10

The thrill of victory from last week’s win is totally forgotten after this bomb of a game by Tennessee.

The Titans started out slow and only showed any signs of life at the end of the fourth quarter. That’s when wide receiver Tajae Sharpe got the only Tennessee touchdown of the game with 1:49 left to play.  

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota never looked confident in this game, and in fact, he threw several interceptions in the first half and was sacked four times. Mariota ended up having to leave by end of the first half with what ended up being a right elbow injury.  

On the other hand, the Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was not sacked at all this game, in fact, was not even hit by the Titans.

The score at halftime was Colts 24, Titans 3. The Titans only score was a field goal by kicker Ryan Succop during the first quarter.

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