NFLPA Player Members Lend A Helping Hand For Thanksgiving
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the NFL Players Association make a point to pour back into their communities, and that’s especially true during Thanksgiving. The below list is just a sample of the many unique ways that current NFL players spread the holiday spirit to families in their hometowns and team cities:
Montravius Adams (Pittsburgh Steelers)
He and his Montravius Adams Legacy Foundation hosted a Thanksgiving Impact dinner for kids at the Carnegie Boys & Girls Club.
McTelvin Agim (Denver Broncos)
Gave away 100 turkeys to families who couldn’t afford them this holiday season in his hometown of Texarkana, Texas.
Josh Allen and Travon Walker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Brought Thanksgiving dinner to about 200 kids at the local Boys and Girls Club, marking a full circle moment for the teammates, who both were positively impacted by the Boys and Girls Clubs in their hometowns.
Terron Armstead (Miami Dolphins)
Purchased and distributed 160 Thanksgiving meals to families preselected by Football UNITES™ community partner North Miami Beach Police Athletic League. He was joined by Dolphins teammate Brandon Shell.
Jerome Baker (Miami Dolphins)
Partnered with the North Miami Police Department and distributed 50 meal boxes to families in need.
Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
Held a turkey drive for residents of East Orange, New Jersey, where he distributed more than 1,500 main dishes for Thanksgiving.
Alex Bars, Sebastian Gutierrez, Andre James, Kolton Miller, Thayer Munford Jr., Brandon Parker and John Simpson (Las Vegas Raiders)
The Raiders offensive line distributed 600 meal boxes featuring turkeys and fresh vegetables during a drive-thru event at Allegiant Stadium that helped feed more than 4,800 food insecure individuals in Las Vegas.
Kevin Byard (Tennessee Titans)
Teamed up with Vibrant Meals to provide more than 200 meals through Rally Foundation and Bridge Ministries.
Teddy Bridgewater and Xavien Howard (Miami Dolphins)
Distributed 300 meal boxes to families of Bridgewater’s childhood football program, the Bunche Park Youth Football League. They were joined by Dolphins teammates Raekwon Davis, Jamal Perry and Jeff Wilson Jr.
Baron Browning (Denver Broncos)
Provided more than 100 turkeys to families in his hometown of Dallas.
Tashawn Bower and Nate Hobbs
(Las Vegas Raiders)
Distributed Thanksgiving meals to families during an event at Pearson Community Center in Las Vegas.
Josh Bynes, Mike Davis, Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, Marlon Humphrey, Odafe Oweh, Marcus Peters,
Michael Pierce, Ronnie Stanley and Geno Stone (Baltimore Ravens)
Ravens teammates joined forces to purchase 800 turkeys and bags of sides for residents across four locations in Baltimore. They were joined by 14 teammates who helped hand them out, including Anthony Brown, Devin Duvernay, Isaiah Likely, Tyler Linderbaum, Tyler Huntley, Kahlil McKenzie, Isaiah Mack, Ben Mason, Kevon Seymour, Roquan Smith, Brandon Stephens, Geno Stone, Ar’Darius Washington and Daryl Worley.
DeForest Buckner & Yannick Ngakoue (Indianapolis Colts)
Teamed up with the Colts defensive line to distribute full Thanksgiving meals to 100 Indianapolis families in need.
Camryn Bynum (Minnesota Vikings)
Hosted a pilates class in Eagan with all proceeds going to help victims and underserved communities in the Philippines, which is where his grandma is from.
Calais Campbell (Baltimore Ravens)
He and his CRC Foundation purchased and distributed 200 turkeys and sides to 200 pre-selected families of the Weinberg Y of Waverly community center. He was joined by Ravens teammates Tyus Bowser, Devon Kennard, Tyler Linderbaum, Odafe Oweh, Michael Pierce and Broderick Washington.
Bradley Chubb (Miami Dolphins)
Hosted his foundation’s inaugural gala in Denver, where he raised $34,537 for Clayton Early Learning Center and Denver Public School Fund to help combat learning loss among local students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kenny Clark (Green Bay Packers)
Partnered with 50 families from the Pals Program in Green Bay, which matches kids who have been referred through Brown County Child Protective Services with a “Pal” to help them adjust to changes in their family. Clark provided Thanksgiving essentials for all the families through gift cards. He also partnered with Sprout to feed 150 families in his hometown of Riverside, California with donated Thanksgiving meals and sides.
Maliek Collins and Jerry Hughes (Houston Texans)
Alongside members of the Texans defensive line, they surprised customers at H-E-B with $200 gift cards to help pay for the Thanksgiving items in their shopping carts.
Fletcher Cox (Philadelphia Eagles)
Teamed up with Make the World Better to hand out turkeys and gift cards to 50 families in the South Philadelphia community.
Maxx Crosby (Las Vegas Raiders)
Distributed gift cards to 100 students at Griffith Elementary School in Las Vegas to help their families purchase Thanksgiving meals.
Lavonte David (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
The Lavonte Legends Foundation hosted its annual Thanksgiving giveaway at Lavonte’s alma mater, Miami Northwestern High School, where he provided turkeys and side dishes for 300 families.
Dion Dawkins (Buffalo Bills)
Teamed up with Buffalo Peacemakers and the Bills Foundation for a Thanksgiving giveaway
Nakobe Dean (Philadelphia Eagles)
Partnered with Urban Affairs Coalition to distribute 2,000 meals to families in need for the holiday.
Rasul Douglas and Elgton Jenkins (Green Bay Packers)
Visited the Green Bay Boy & Girls Club Lutsey Clubhouse location for their Family Night Turkey Dinner to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with the families at the club.
Kenyan Drake (Baltimore Ravens)
Visited the local O’Donnell Heights Boys and Girls Club to celebrate the holiday and serve Thanksgiving dinner to the children.
Carlos Dunlap (Kansas City Chiefs)
His foundation held a turkey and clothing giveaway at the Community Resource Center in his hometown North Charleston, South Carolina.
Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Through the Mike Evans Family Foundation, he served Thanksgiving meals to almost 450 people in Tampa, Florida and Galveston, Texas.
Ka’imi Fairbairn, Cameron Johnston and Jon Weeks (Houston Texans)
Provided a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for families at Texas Children’s Heart Center, with Weeks catering and coordinated the special event.
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (San Francisco 49ers)
Supported Mobilize Love with a $5,000 donation that provided turkeys, Thanksgiving groceries and blankets for 50 underserved families, totaling 200 individuals from San Francisco’s low-income neighborhoods.
Poona Ford (Seattle Seahawks)
Returned to his hometown of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina to distribute free turkeys to 100 local families at his former Boys and Girls Club.
Kristian Fulton (Tennessee Titans)
Hosted his 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Litton Alumni Center for Boys and Girls, where he provided Thanksgiving dinner for kids from 11 different North Nashville middle schools.
Myles Garrett (Cleveland Browns)
The Week 1 NFLPA Community MVP helped host Feed The Need to help provide food for underprivileged families in the Cleveland area. He was joined by teammates Joel Bitonio, John Johnson III, Greg Newsome II and Denzel Ward.
Will Gholston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
For the 10th straight, Gholston gave back to local families in need for the holiday by teaming up with Feeding Tampa Bay to donate 920 turkeys to two food pantries.
Kenyon Green (Houston Texans)
He delivered more than 100 turkeys and sides to Houston’s Super Feast, the city’s largest Thanksgiving meal distribution.
Chris Harris Jr. (New Orleans Saints)
Partnered with The New Orleans Mission, where he handed out winter essentials such as beanies, socks, blankets and hygiene items to more than 250 individuals while they enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal.
Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Hosted his annual Thanksgiving food distribution, this time for 200 families at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. He was joined by teammates Tyson Alualu, Jamir Jones, T.J. Watt and Chris Wormley.
Tyreek Hill (Miami Dolphins)
The Tyreek Hill Family Foundation distributed 350 Thanksgiving meal boxes to families in Pearson, Georgia.
Alex Highsmith (Pittsburgh Steelers)
He and his wife, Alyssa, donated warm winter blankets and pies to the Urban Impact Foundation for 175 families on Pittsburgh's North Side.
DeAndre Hopkins (Arizona Cardinals)
He and his several of his teammates served Thanksgiving meals to families in need along with UMOM.
Xavien Howard (Miami Dolphins)|
Distributed 100 meal boxes to families of the NFL Youth Education Town Center at Gwen Cherry Park.
Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati Bengals)
Made stops Kentucky and Cincinnati to deliver holiday meals in both locations. Hubbard distributed turkeys and side dishes, along with mini footballs, to 60 families in the Bellevue (KY) School District; and then provided Thanksgiving meals and photos for 40 young adults at the Sheakley Center for Youth.
Deon Jackson (Indianapolis Colts)
He and his fellow Colts running backs distributed complete Thanksgiving meals to 100 Indianapolis families in need who were pre-identified through local community centers.
Derwin James Jr. (Los Angeles Chargers)
Served a complete Thanksgiving dinner to more than 150 local families of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. He also helped prepare more than 200 packaged meals to be delivered to California families experiencing poverty in Santa Ana, Orange and Costa Mesa.
Grady Jarrett (Atlanta Falcons)
He and his family handed out Thanksgiving meals at Lindsay Street Baptist Church on Atlanta’s Westside.
Malik Jefferson (Dallas Cowboys)
Hosted a Thanksgiving turkey drive that provided food baskets to hundreds of families in the Texas communities of Dallas and Mesquite to support families in need this holiday season.
Anfernee Jennings (New England Patriots)
Gave away turkeys and hams to underprivileged families in his community of Dadeville, Alabama.
Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers)
Donated 450 Thanksgiving turkeys to two of the communities that he and his family foundation, the A&A All The Way Foundation, work to serve: El Paso, Texas and Milwaukee.
Jonathan Jones (New England Patriots)
The Week 12 NFLPA Community MVP hosted a tailgate in his college town of Auburn, Alabama that raised enough funds to feed 450 families suffering from food insecurity. He also provided turkeys for 100 people in Boston and held a Thanksgiving dinner along with a flag football event at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club.
Sebastian Joseph-Day (Los Angeles Chargers)
Teamed up with the nonprofit Midnight Mission, where he prepared and served fresh Thanksgiving meals to people experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles.
Matthew Judon (New England Patriots)
Invited more than 40 underprivileged families from the Foxborough community to a local grocery store to surprise them each with a Thanksgiving turkey.
Christian Kirksey (Houston Texans)
Provided Thanksgiving dinner to 300 residents at Star of Hope, a community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless women and their children.
Eric Kendricks (Minnesota Vikings)
Hosted his first annual Thanksgiving giveaway, where he distributed 100 meals to local families along with a free car wash.
Shaquille Leonard (Indianapolis Colts)
He and his Maniac Foundation hosted the fourth annual Maniac Thanksgiving Giveaway, a holiday food drive where Leonard and some of his teammates distributed 200 Thanksgiving meal kits to families in need. He also hosted a giveaway in his hometown of Lake View, South Carolina.
Isaiah Likely (Baltimore Ravens)
Handed out turkey and meals to families at the local Boys & Girls Club.
Tyrann Mathieu (New Orleans Saints)
As part of his annual Tyrann’s Turkeys holiday event, he donated to The Giving Hope New Orleans Food Pantry and provided turkeys and meals to 500 families.
Rodney McLeod (Indianapolis Colts)
The 2022 NFLPA Alan Page Community Award winner held a three-city turkey and full sides food supply distribution that fed 200 families each in Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Prince George’s County, Maryland through his Change Our Future Foundation.
Raheem Mostert (Miami Dolphins)
He and his Mostert Waves of Success Foundation hosted local youth for a fun evening of bowling in Davie, Florida.
Larry Ogunjobi (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Provided a Thanksgiving dinner for families served by the YWCA, where he served the dinner and passed out gift cards to help with their own holiday meals.
Chukwuma Okorafor (Pittsburgh Steelers)
He and members of the Steelers offensive line served dinner to Homewood residents through the Community Empowerment Association, also providing gift cards for them to purchase turkeys and all the trimmings for their own Thanksgiving meal.
Jaelan Phillips (Miami Dolphins)
In collaboration with the Dolphins Challenge Cancer, the Week 8 NFLPA Community MVP hosted a Thanksgiving turkey distribution and provided 50 meal boxes to local families at Gibson Park.
Justin Reid (Kansas City Chiefs)
Hosted his annual JReid InDeed Thanksgiving Grocery Grab, where 30 families within the Kansas City Public School District received a $200 gift card to buy groceries. More than $6,000 was given away to 30 families, most of whom are refugees, new to the country or speak English as a second languagel
David Sharpe (Baltimore Ravens)
Purchased and distributed 50 turkeys and sides to residents of the Barclay community of East Baltimore. He was assisted by Ravens teammate Kahlil McKenzie.
James Smith-Williams (Washington Commanders)
Hired a chef to provide $7,500 worth of food as well a gifts and decorations for a special Thanksgiving meal at My Sister’s Place Domestic Violence Center in Washington DC.
Zach Sieler, Bradley Chubb, Jaelan Phillips and Christian Wilkins (Miami Dolphins)
The Miami Dolphins defensive line and linebackers hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for more than 100 individuals at Hard Rock Stadium.
Jonnu Smith (New England Patriots)
He and his foundation provided a Thanksgiving sitdown dinner and entertainment for 375 guests, including 200 families from the Boys & Girls Club in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He also sponsored hundreds of turkeys and dry can goods for families in need in Miami.
Adam Thielen (Minnesota Vikings)
He and his wife, Caitlin, distributed dozens of Thanksgiving turkeys at The Salvation Army in Maplewood, Minnesota as part of a 2,000-turkey donation, courtesy of The Thielen Foundation.
Laremy Tunsil (Houston Texans)
Hosted a surprise Thanksgiving event for more than 20 single mothers and their children with lunch at one of his favorite Houston restaurants. He ended the meal by handing out gift bags, which included tickets to an upcoming Texans game.
Solomon Thomas (New York Jets)
Hosted his first Thanksgiving giveaway – a holiday food drive where he and his teammates distributed Thanksgiving meals and other food items to local families in need.
Charvarius Ward (San Francisco 49ers)
Thanks to his $10,000 donation, the Mississippi Food Network was able to distribute holiday turkeys to 320 families in his hometown of McComb, Mississippi.
Denzel Ward (Cleveland Browns)
Held a Thanksgiving/Christmas outreach for his local Cleveland community by handing out Thanksgiving meals and Christmas presents to 75 families. He also offered CPR training and gave out gift cards to those who chose to learn about Heart Health.
T.J. Watt (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Worked with 412 Food Rescue to help pack food at the Millvale Good Food Project, a hunger relief program that transforms surplus foods in healthy, heat-and-eat meals and groceries that are distributed to area residents dealing with food insecurity.
Christian Wilkins (Miami Dolphins)
In collaboration with Dade County Federal Credit Union (DCFCU), he handed out 800 Thanksgiving turkeys to families of the Miami Gardens community at the Miami Gardens DCFCU branch.
Devin White (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Along with providing 500 turkeys to families in his hometown of Cullen, Louisiana, White helped those in his team state with 20 Thanksgiving meals to foster families of Hope Children’s Home and 10 Thanksgiving meals to foster families of Florida 1.27.
Isaiah Wynn (New England Patriots)
Donated Thanksgiving dinners of turkeys, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, and dessert to 100 families in need within the St. Petersburg, Florida area.