When they’re not using their athletic powers on the field, NFL players are finding ways to serve as superheroes for their communities.
In recognition, each week during the regular season, the NFLPA #CommunityMVP program honors one player who has made a positive impact in his hometown or team city.
For being named Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 donation to the player’s foundation or charity of choice so that they can continue to make a difference.
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2023 WEEKLY WINNERS
Pat Surtain II
After initially donating $50K to a local school for building his foundation’s first STEAM-based room, Pat Surtain II went the extra mile and surprised a second Title I school with a $50K grant to have a room of its own.
Lawrence Guy Jr.
New England Patriots
In his latest charitable act to support financially disadvantaged families, Lawrence Guy gifted new strollers to 40 Black and indigenous moms at healthcare centers across Boston.
Jeffery Simmons invited Nashville community members in need to the Tennessee Titans’ stadium, where he personally greeted them and passed out more than 500 turkeys for Thanksgiving.
The Texas native handed out over 300 Thanksgiving meals to Houston families in need and helped raise $25,000 (and counting) as part of an initiative to end childhood hunger.
New York Giants
Saquon Barkley trekked out to the woods of Allentown, PA, where he met with individuals at a homeless camp, heard their stories and donated essential supplies to help them endure the winter months.
New York Giants
Kayvon Thibodeaux is doing his part to make giant dreams come true, raising $120,000 for his JREAM Foundation and hosting a financial literacy workshop for 50 kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem.
Cam Heyward showed love to the city that raised him, spreading generosity and goodwill for youth throughout Pittsburgh during his second "Cam's Kindness Week."
Calais Campbell commemorated his 100th career sack in a special way, donating $150,000 to under-resourced teachers across the country for classroom supplies and resources.
In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Emmanuel Ogbah made a special delivery to a Miami hospital, going door to door to give flowers and bring joy to breast cancer patients.
San Francisco 49ers
Arik Armstead held a weekend of charitable giving for schools and students across Sacramento and the Bay Area, featuring books, bikes and a $100K donation.
Frank Ragnow took eight grieving families "fishin' for memories" through a special day outdoors that featured games, gifts and a boat tour.
New York Jets
Justin Hardee hosted his second back-to-school event of the summer, this time donating $5,000 worth of backpacks filled with classroom essentials to 150 at-risk youth in New Jersey.
Atlanta rookie Bijan Robinson is already making an impact off the field by donating $25,000 to the Austin Junior Jags football program, hosting a season kickoff pizza party and surprising them at one of their games.
Alexander Mattison kicked off his season-long Rush 2 Give tour by distributing new backpacks, supplies, books and shoes along with free haircuts for 250 kids in Minnesota.
The weekly Community MVP winners will also become eligible for the NFLPA Alan Page Community (APC) Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
2023 - Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills
2022- Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles
2021- Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
2020 - Brandon Copeland, New York Jets
2019 - Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams
2018 - Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles
2017 - Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles
2016 - Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers
2015 - Chad Greenway, Minnesota Vikings
2014 - Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
2013 - Charlie Batch, Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 – Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
2011 – Tony Richardson, New York Jets
2010 – Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders
2009 – Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia Eagles
2008 – Warrick Dunn, Atlanta Falcons
2007 – John Lynch, Denver Broncos
2006 – Steve McNair, Tennessee Titans
2005 – Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Alan Page Community Award
Half Pro Football Hall of Famer, half Minnesota Supreme Court associate justice, Alan Page has always used his powers for good.
Possessing an endurance that was out of this world, the All-Pro defensive lineman played in 218 consecutive games for the Minnesota Vikings and became the first player to win the Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the same season.
Along the way, he was never afraid to fight for justice as an NFLPA player rep and member of the union’s Executive Committee.
Gridiron great by day and legal scholar by night, Page earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota while still playing in the NFL. After hanging up his cleats in 1981, he soared up the legal ladder and became the first African-American elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, where he served until 2015.
Although he’s retired from football and the bench, Page is still fighting the good fight. Through The Page Education Foundation, which was founded by him and his late wife Diane, minority students are provided with financial and mentoring assistance in exchange for the students’ commitment to engage in community volunteer work.
The Robin to our Batman. The Timon to our Pumbaa.
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Rules & Conditions
Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will recognize one active NFL player who has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact in his community.
For being named Community MVP, each weekly honoree:
- Receives a $10,000 donation from the NFLPA toward the player's foundation or charity of choice;
- Agrees to make a virtual or in-person visit to a school or children's hospital as a way of broadening their charitable impact;
- Becomes eligible for the annual Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
Community MVPs will be selected by a committee of NFLPA staff. Community MVPs will be announced on Friday of each week in order to gain maximum promotional exposure. Each week’s runners-up will be recognized by name with a photo and description of their charity work on the following Tuesday in a social media post. Once a player has been named Community MVP, he is not eligible to win again during the same season. Players will vary by position and by NFL teams.
Players must meet the following criteria to be considered for Community MVP:
- Charitable/community initiative is organized and led by an individual player and/or his foundation (not an NFL team or sponsor-led initiative).
- Player should be active with a specific cause or through his foundation.
- The community/charitable initiative should have taken place within the one-week period (Wednesday of the preceding week to Tuesday of the current week) before the Community MVP is announced.
- Player should have participated in recent community work or held other recent events.
From the pool of weekly Community MVPs, a distinguished panel of judges will choose five finalists for the Alan Page Community Award, each of whom will receive an additional $10,000. From those five finalists, the active player membership will vote for the APC Award winner, who will receive $100,000 for his foundation or charity of choice.