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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2022 WEEKLY WINNERS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The unexpected death of his father didn't stop Devin White from handing out 500 turkeys and 45 meal kits in Louisiana and Florida for Thanksgiving.
New England Patriots
Jonathan Jones made the most of his bye week, hosting a tailgate to tackle food insecurity in Auburn and a Thanksgiving event that fed 350 Boston community members.
Orlando Brown Jr.
Kansas City Chiefs
Orlando Brown Jr. continued to do his part in the fight against diabetes, donating $50,000 to Children's Mercy Hospital and spending time with kids affected by the disease.
Kelvin Beachum wants to make sure everybody eats. That's why he donated $5,000 to feed 200 families through a food distribution drive in Arizona.
After losing both of his parents at a young age, Dalvin Tomlinson is working to make brighter days for families everywhere who have also lost loved ones.
Jaelen Phillips gave the Miami Dolphins rookies a lesson in service by bringing them on a visit to inspire and provide guidance to 40 youth at the Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
As part of his season-long, weekly school tour, Jason Cabinda visited hundreds of students at two Detroit-area schools for a fun-filled day of STEM learning, prizes and smiles.
At his foundation’s second annual fundraiser, Justin Simmons donated $30,000 to youth development programs and pledged to use money generated that evening to replace a dangerous playground at a local Denver school.
John Metchie III
John Metchie III created a special evening at the Houston Texans stadium to thank his hospital family of staff and patients who have supported him as he battles leukemia.
Las Vegas Raiders
Using his story of overcoming drug addiction, Darren Waller connected with 400 Air Force service members as well as residents of tunnels under Las Vegas to educate them on drug prevention and spread hope for recovery.
New England Patriots
Cody Davis uses his love for video games to cheer up patients at Boston Children’s Hospital. Through Cody’s Gamers, the New England defender sends a Nintendo Switch to at least one patient per month, sets up a Zoom call for them to play and sends a personalized gift bag afterward.
Terry McLaurin celebrated his birthday with dinner, games and gifts for children from CASA of DC and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He also launched the Terry McLaurin Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children succeed through access to educational and social resources.
More than 250 kids experiencing poverty got ready for the school year -- thanks to Myles Garrett, who provided them with supplies as well as free haircuts and hair styling at his inaugural, two-day Back To School Kickoff in Cleveland.
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.
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
2004 – Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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.
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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.