AFC South: Gray Brackett

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Congratulations are in order for Colts linebacker Gary Brackett.

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He's won the 11th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award, a Pro Football Weekly honor presented to an NFL player whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding.

Brackett won the award over finalists Chris Draft of St. Louis, Israel Idonije of Chicago, David Thornton of Tennessee and Jason Witten of Dallas.

From PFW's news release:

Through his IMPACT Foundation, Brackett has turned the tragic loss of his brother into a relentless quest to provide resources and unique opportunities for children and families affected by pediatric cancer. By continuously offering a number of programs through the foundation, Brackett is helping to spread his contagious, undying message of eternal optimism to those who need it the most.

Despite the time and effort he puts in with the IMPACT Foundation, he still makes room to take part in a plethora of other community service activities throughout the country. It is for his off-the-field work and his embodiment of the cliché 'triumph over tragedy' that he earned this year's award.

The other nominees for the award included Vonta Leach of Houston and Tony Pashos of Jacksonville.

NFL Charities spreads the wealth

March, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The charitable foundation of the National Football League awarded $1 million in grants to support 89 charitable player foundations, as part of the inaugural NFL Charities Week.

"Our players know that the legacy they leave in the community is as important as any on-field achievements," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, president of the NFL Charities board of directors. "We are proud to support their foundations and applaud their efforts to make their communities healthy, happy, and safe."

NFL Charities has awarded more than $10 million to player foundations in recent years. Here are foundations connected to the AFC South that were among those receiving awards:

  • Jacksonville offensive tackle Jordan Black: Suburban Missionaries Inc
  • Indianapolis linebacker Gary Brackett: Gary Brackett's IMPACT Foundation
  • Retired Indianapolis offensive tackle Tarik Glenn: DREAM Alive, Inc.
  • Indianapolis cornerback Marlin Jackson: Marlin Jackson Fight for Life Foundation
  • Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning: PeyBack Foundation
  • Retired Houston Oilers quarterback Gifford Nielsen: Won Heart Foundation

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