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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Miami Dolphins honor Tony Lima with NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

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Lisa Johnson Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins have selected the Executive Director of SAVE (Safeguarding America’s Values for Everyone), Tony Lima, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. This was announced at a Business Equality Network luncheon sponsored by SAVE and the Miami Dolphins.

The award, in conjunction with the NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), recognizes the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

Lima received a trophy and $2,000 donation to SAVE during the Pregame at the Miami Dolphins home game against the Oakland Raiders on September 23, 2018, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Born and raised in Miami, Lima is a first generation Cuban-American.

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Miami Dolphins host Football Unites tailgate

Lisa Johnson Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Today I was honored to attend the Miami Dolphins 3rd annual Football Unites Tailgate with spokesperson Jason Jenkins.  Jenkins is the Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs. 

Taken from the Miami Dolphins Website:

For the third consecutive year, Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and Dolphins players will host Football Unites: Tailgates to strengthen relationships between community leaders, youth and law enforcement. Each tailgate will take place before Dolphins’ regular season home games, beginning this Sunday vs. the Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium. 

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The Miami Dolphins Give Back

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

One of the best parts of doing what I do is to be able to attend events that can make a difference in a young person’s life.  Today the Miami Dolphins hosted their 6th annual High School Media Day.

It’s a day that saw over 100 local high school students from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.  It gives the high school players and coaches the opportunity to speak to local and national media.

In speaking to Shawn Cerra, the Director of Athletics and Student Activities for Broward County Schools, the Miami Dolphins are able to give the players an excellent opportunity that allows the players to improve their communication skills.  This experience will definitely help at the next level of their career, be it on or off the field.

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Haloti Ngata For Walter Payton Man Of The Year

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s that time of year again where I’m sure your twitter feed is getting filled with RTs from people who are trying to get their team’s nominee to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.  The Walter Payton Man of The Year Award goes to the player who is involved in their community off the field.

Each team nominates a player who they feel is most deserving.  The winner will get a total of $500,000, with half going to the winner’s charity of choice, and the other half going to Character Playbook.  Character Playbook is a digital learning initiative that helps children learn how to build character, and develop good interpersonal skills.  This is an initiative between the NFL and United Way.

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The Bills Go From Taking a Knee to Engaging the Community

By Mary Pesarchick // @HeyMom418

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is one of five team captains that make up what Coach Sean McDermott calls his “Leadership Council.” Alexander, along with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, kicker Stephen Hauschka, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, and center Eric Wood, are the players that McDermott says he depends on to be a “sounding board … in terms of what’s going on, how the team’s reacting to things.”

This sounding board was particularly valuable when the team was sorting out its response to the anthem protests going on around the league. Prior to the Bills-Broncos game in Week 3, a long meeting was held in which McDermott, all the Bills players, general manager Brandon Beane, and team owners Kim and Terry Pegula were able to respectfully discuss their viewpoints and work out a mutually agreeable solution. On Game Day, Alexander was one of 12 Bills players who knelt during the anthem, while McDermott and the remaining players linked arms along the sidelines in a display of solidarity.

Alexander commented on his reasons for taking a knee that day. “We have great privileges here but as … a U.S. citizen I [wanted] to call or bring attention to things that need change. With that, today I kneeled but I won’t continue to kneel. [Today] I kneeled to show those guys …that I am with them.”

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