NFL Community MVPs
The NFLPA is honoring players who give back to their communities
Throughout the year, NFL players use their immense popularity to help their communities. From helping the families of shooting victims to working with at-risk students, to providing health care to low-income families are just some of the examples of the work that these players are doing to make an impact on their communities.
Players who do good are honored by the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) as Community MVPs. Throughout the season a player is named Community MVP every week. In addition to winning the award, the NFLPA makes a $10,000 donation to the Community MVP’s foundation or a favorite charity. Community MVP’s are also eligible to win the NFLPA’s Alan Page Community Award (APC Award), which is the NFLPA’s highest honor.
The Community MVP award was initially set up in 2014. Since then 104 players have been recognized and $1.01 million has been donated to their foundations and charities. Starting last year, the NFLPA also partnered with PledgeIt to allow fans to pledge money for the charity based on the player's performance. Since the launch of the PledgeIt campaign, $290,000 has been pledged.
“The way that NFL players have stepped up and helped others during the COVID-19 pandemic is simply a continuation of the work they do on a regular basis to pour back into their hometowns and team cities,” said Brandon Parker, Communications Manager at the NFLPA and director of the program. “The NFLPA’s Community MVP program is geared toward highlighting these tremendous efforts while driving home the fact that our players are more than just athletes; they are philanthropists and community servants who care about making positive change.”
Past winners of the APC Award include:
- 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
You can find the 2019 Community MVP’s by clicking here.