TENNESSEE'S MALCOLM BUTLER NAMED WEEK 11 NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP
Tennessee Titans defensive back Malcom Butler took putting on for his city to another level, providing Thanksgiving food and funds for 600 underprivileged families from the three support systems that he credits for his NFL success.
TENNESSEE’S MALCOLM BUTLER NAMED WEEK 11 NFLPA COMMUNITY MVP
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Malcolm Butler has been named Week 11 NFLPA Community MVP after he helped feed 600 families in need across three cities through grocery gift cards and donations for Thanksgiving.
“On behalf of my family and the Tennessee Titans, I am honored to be the NFLPA Community MVP of the week,” Butler said. “This is a very different year, and families are not able to come together and celebrate like they usually do. We all have something to be thankful for, and I want to do my part to help those in need.”
The Titans defensive back and Super Bowl champion had a specific purpose behind his charitable efforts for the holiday – to honor the places and people who have helped him reach this point in his NFL career. For his team city of Nashville, Butler provided free COVID-19 testing and gift cards for 200 underprivileged families on Tuesday; for his hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi, he distributed 200 gift cards to three local food pantries; and for his college town of Livingston, the University of West Alabama alum donated $5,000 to the UWA hunger/pandemic relief fund, which supplied 200 meals for those in need and students unable to go home for Thanksgiving.
“I did not make it to the NFL by myself,” Butler said, “so this is just my way of thanking the communities who have supported me on my journey.”
Since entering the NFL in 2014, the sixth-year veteran has made a point to pour back into his roots. Along with hosting a free annual football camp for youth, Butler bought and distributed 25 turkeys for several local retirement homes last Thanksgiving. Earlier this year, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, he donated $10,000 each to the United Way of Central Mississippi and Meharry Medical College, which funded PPE supplies and 600 grab-and-go meals for first responders.
In honor of Butler being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or charity of choice Also, our supporting partner Pledge It has set up a crowdfunding campaign to benefit the United Way of Central Mississippi. Supporters can make a flat donation at the following website:
Butler, along with the other 2020 Community MVPs, will become eligible for this year’s Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.
The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their hometowns and team cities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one player who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community. Please visit the Community MVP page to learn more about the program.
2020 NFLPA Community MVP winners:
Week 0: Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans
Week 1: Cam Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 2: Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: Landon Collins, Washington Football Team
Week 4: Oren Burks, Green Bay Packers
Week 5: Harrison Phillips, Buffalo Bills
Week 6: Derrick Brown, Carolina Panthers
Week 7: Shawn Williams, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 8: Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 9: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 10: Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers
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