By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
“To whom much is given, much is required”
That was something that my mom used to always tell me as a kid, and sometimes now even though I consider myself grown! But honestly, it took until I was grown to really understand what this meant. Now that I really get it, I think it’s a wonderful way to describe the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has been the leader of this Detroit Lions team for 10 seasons. He has been a comeback player of the year, his name has been tossed around in both MVP conversations and trade conversations among fans. But one thing you can’t deny about John Matthew Stafford is his commitment to the Detroit community.
Say what you will about his play this year, but 9 is certainly a #Lions player well deserving of this honor.
— Max DeMara (@SportsGuyTheMax) December 6, 2018
Most of Stafford’s focus has been with SAY Detroit. SAY Detroit is an organization that helps some of the less fortunate in the Detroit community. They do health screenings and health care for young and old alike, and they have even sponsored a mobile mammography visit. SAY Detroit also has a school called the SAY Play Center. Stafford is mostly involved with this aspect of SAY Detroit. He saw that they didn’t have a good enough area to play football, so he helped to fund a football field at the SAY Play Center.
In January, Matthew Stafford committed $1M to renovate Lipke Rec Center – today they’re dedicating Stafford Field pic.twitter.com/sr29whunJS
— Tori Petry (@sportstori) October 20, 2015
Stafford also has been active in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s efforts to speak to children about the importance of developing good nutritional habits and exercise. In fact, if you have an Alexa, you can get the MI Blue skill, and then have Alexa ask MI Blue how to play like a Lion. Matthew Stafford’s voice comes on and leads you through the different exercises.
Congratulations to Matthew Stafford. Check out the NFL Honors the night before the Super Bowl to find out if he’s won. In the meantime, tweet your support using tweeting the phrase “Stafford #WPMOYChallenge”
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