Cardinals Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin Recognized Again for Charity Work

Scott Z BradyCorrespondent INovember 20, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his second touchdown of the game in front of Kurt Warner #13 for a 14-7 lead against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2007 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Cardinals QB Kurt Warner was named USA Today Weekends Most Caring Athlete for 2009 .

Warner is notorious in the Valley, St Louis, and Florida for his charitable contributions, something he and his wife of 12 years, Brenda, have always been heavily involved in together. His "First Things First Foundation " is his most visible contribution, but they quietly do many things on their own, and as a family, as well.

From the USA Weekend story:

"This Christmas, the Warners and their seven kids will stuff more than 50 stockings with gift cards, coloring books and sunglasses, a family tradition. The whole group will personally deliver them to Sunshine Acres in greater Phoenix, a non-profit that takes in needy children. They've arranged to have 10 tons of snow delivered. "'These kids have never seen snow,'" Warner says. "'So we're going to have a snowball fight and show them what Christmas is all about!'"

How cool is that?

And not to be outdone, Cards WR Anquan Boldin was recognized this week for his charitable giving too. Boldin, who has made more headlines giving Cards brass an earfull than giving back to the community, far and away does more of the latter. It's just not as controversial, so it doesn't get the media play.

Not only has Q set up his AnquanQ81foundation , but he gives his time and money to needy kids all over America, and especially in Arizona and his hometown of Pahokee, Florida.

“Whether you want to be or not, you are a role model. For me, I can only embrace that" Boldin says in a great article from the NFL Players association .

He has his annual Q-Fest, along with Anquan Boldin Foundation Q81 Scholarship Fund, provides scholarships to under privileged kids, and he also has a Dental Care Program, offers high school grants, and runs youth football leagues through his foundation. The football field at his hometown HS is now named after Q, too!

All players give back in some way, but these guys stand out, and prove that we've been dealt some pretty darn good Cards here in the Valley.

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