Visit to UN tops Feely's trip to NYC


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jay Feely may not have won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, but his trip wasn’t a total loss.

He returned to New York City, his home of four years when he played with the New York Jets and Giants in two separate two-year stints, with wife Rebecca. But even a weekend in the Big Apple wasn’t the highlight.

Feely talked about his trips to Haiti at the United Nations as part of a global ambassador award program, he said. It included athletes and entertainers.

The event brought “a number of people together who have a heart to do things around the country and the world,” Feely said.

He heard two of the late Nelson Mandela’s grandsons speak as well as leaders from various industries.

“It was surreal,” Feely said. “You’re sitting there where the world’s business gets done and the world leaders sit.

Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, but Feely didn't leave with any hard feelings.

"That’s not why we're there," he said. "I'm just honored to be a finalist.

"There's so many players that do so many good things, only the bad things that get reported."

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu finished fourth in the defensive rookie of the year voting.