The Most Charitable Players in the NFL

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIINovember 1, 2011

The Most Charitable Players in the NFL

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    The NFL is widely known as a very charitable organization.  They have the Play 60 program to encourage children to spend 60 minutes a day doing physical activity, as well as making October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

    While the league as a whole may be considered charitable, it is the players who do the real work.  There are the big-name players, like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, who naturally have charities because they are just all-around great guys.

    Then there are people like Warrick Dunn and Nnamdi Asomugha who do all of this work but don't draw as much attention to it. 

    Or Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the army after the attacks on September 11, and came to his untimely death with this decision.  

Drew Brees

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    Drew Brees is the founder of the Dream Foundation, a charity that partnered with Operation Kids after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. 

    The foundations worked to rebuild schools and athletic facilities in New Orleans as well as provide after-school mentor programs for children with learning needs.

    Brees has also been a part of other campaigns, including raising awareness on gay teen suicides, and he helped with recovery for the BP Oil Spill.

Steve Young

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    Steve Young is a National Adviser for ASCEND: A Humanitarian Alliance. 

    The program provides education, health, and life skills mentoring to citizens of various countries in Africa and South America.

    He also has the Forever Young Foundation, which provides athletic and academic opportunities to children with financial, physical or emotional problems.

Charles Tillman

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    Charles "Peanut" Tillman is the founder of the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. 

    It provides support and opportunities for chronically and critically ill kids in the Chicago area. 

    They get trips to Soldier Field and amusement parks along with other attractions.

    Tillman recognizes how hard it is for the moms of these children, so he gives them a night off and puts on dinners for them so they can relax.

Peyton Manning

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    Everyone knows Peyton is a very giving man. 

    He started the Peyback Foundation that provides charitable efforts for disadvantaged kids in Tennessee, Louisiana and Indiana. 

    He and brother Eli contributed in delivering supplies and necessities to the people of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina relief.

    Manning also donated an undisclosed amount of money to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, resulting in the the children's wing being renamed Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent.

Warrick Dunn

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    Warrick Dunn is probably the most charitable player out there. 

    His mother was killed while working her second job in an armed robbery.  Since joining the NFL, Dunn made it his mission to provide support for single parents so they don't have to go out and get second jobs. 

    He has a Home for the Holidays program, which gives these single parents a home.  Dunn has provided more than 100 homes for these families.

    After Hurricane Katrina, he challenged each NFL player to donate $5,000, resulting in about $5 million being raised for Katrina relief.

    Dunn has received the Bart Starr Award, Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award and received the Giant Steps Award from Bill Clinton.

Nnamdi Asomugha

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    Another recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Nnamdi Asomugha started a foundation to provide food, shelter, medicine, vocational training, scholarships and literacy efforts to widows and orphans in Nigeria who have been victims of poverty and abuse.

    Asomugha also does an annual college tour with kids from the Bay Area and Los Angeles who can't afford to do it on their own.

    Most of these players focus their efforts on the children and increasing awareness and support nationally and globally.  These are the ones whom kids should be looking up to.