As the big game is quickly approaching, there will be many stories of who’s the fastest? Who’s the strongest? However, first we wanted to introduce you to some truly inspiring players from both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks who are doing well on and off the field.
Everyone knows Brady as one of the best quarterbacks of all time (okay…we might be a little biased #GoPats), but not many know how much of a charitable man Brady is. Tom Brady has been participating in the Best Buddies Bike Ride since 2002 and has been the honorary co-chair for the past five years. Best Buddies is an organization that has a goal of creating one-on-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each year Brady takes part in this bike ride that has raised up to three million dollars for the organization. He uses his public stature to raise awareness.
When McCourty is not busy being a safety for the New England Patriots, he spends his time raising awareness for Sickle Cell Anemia through his “Tackle Sickle Cell” campaign. McCourty not only raises awareness and money for sickle cell, he also hosts a football camp for kids and is an ambassador for the United Way of America and Fuel Up to Play 60 program which promotes healthy living for kids. McCourty was even awarded with the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year, for his hard work and initiative in community service.
Lynch,nicknamed “Beast Mode” for his aggressive tackles, is also credited with tackling the self esteem and education difficulties facing todays underprivileged youth. Lynch created the “Marshawn Lynch Fam 1st Family Foundation.” This foundation strives to empower and educate the youth, by building their self-esteems and academics.
Avril is the defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks and also the founder of the “Cliff Avril Family Foundation”. The Foundation aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle to kids with juvenile diabetes. The Foundation not only encourages better nutrition and exercise for these kids, but also helps to provide financial assistance to low-income families who have children diagnosed with diabetes.
So whatever the result of the game is, each team has some pretty great people in our eyes.