Tim Tebow and Top 5 "Good Guys" in the NFL
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees has maintained his position as one of the NFL's good guys through his entire career. One of Brees' most notable good guy moments came in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina when he took part in the recovery of New Orleans through his charity, the Brees Dream Foundation, all the while leading the Saints to the 2010 Super Bowl Championship and becoming the city's hero.
The Brees Dream Foundation, just one of Brees' many philanthropic acts, in partnership with Operation Kids, helped to rebuild and restore parks, academic and athletic facilities, after school programs, child care and more for the kids of New Orleans following the hurricane.
In 2009, Brees visited Guantanamo Bay Detention camp as part of a United Services Organization Tour, and in 2010 Brees helped raise awareness of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Brees was the 2006 Walter Payton Award winner, which recognizes players who have performed extensive charity work.
Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears
Cornerback for the Chicago Bears, Charles Tillman runs a number of different charities and has one of the biggest charitable foundations amongst all of the NFL players. Tillman is said to have impacted the lives of over one million children in the Chicago area through his humanitarianism.
The Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation was founded by Tillman to help improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children throughout Chicago after his youngest daughter was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.
Tillman has been nominated as finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award.
Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings
Donovan McNabb is another NFL veteran that has been known as a good guy and gentleman throughout his entire career.
In terms of philanthropy, not only has Donovan McNabb raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight diabetes through his foundation, the Donovan McNabb fund, but he has provided many kids with scholarships.
A family man, Donovan also has donated substantial amounts of money to Virtua hospital, where his four children were born, for a NICU at the new replacement hospital being built.
Aside from charity, McNabb has always been known as a good role model and great teammate who has helped guide many other players in the league. Most notably, McNabb was the player who lobbied for the Philadelphia Eagles to sign Michael Vick and following the signing, put forth a conscious effort to help support and mentor Vick as he returned to the NFL following his two year jail sentence.
Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs
In just his second year in the NFL, Chiefs safety Eric Berry has already made a name for himself as one of the good guys. Growing up with two younger brothers, Berry has always taken pride in being a role model, and from Berry's random acts of kindness to his humanitarianism, he has proven he is a stand up guy.
One of the first things Berry did when he was drafted was create the Eric Berry Foundation to restore communities and parks and create places where "kids can just be kids." Part of what Berry has already done is restore the field and park that he grew up playing football on, as well as getting new uniforms for his former youth team. Then this summer Berry held a couple free football camps for local kids to come and get some tips from the pros.
When Berry was drafted he opted to change his number from 14 to 29 to honor one of his college teammates who suffered a devastating injury during a game they were playing in together in 2009.
As a rookie in training camp last year, Berry made such an impact on one of the local Kansas City writers that he took the time to write a story specifically on what a character guy Berry was when, following a 100-plus degree practice, he was the only Chief to stay out sign all of the fans autographs and even went the extra mile to give away his autographed shoes and glove.
Berry claims he makes an extra effort to give his fans the time of day because he remembers what if felt like when he was shot down in high school by his idol at the time, Deion Sanders.
Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles
Nnamdi Asomugha's has always believed in giving back to others, and he has been doing just that his entire NFL career. Asomugha's philanthropic resume may be longer than any other NFL players.
Starting with his career in Oakland, Asomugha was a familiar face at the East Oakland Youth Development Center where he mentored and tutored inner city kids every Monday.
Along with mentoring kids, Asomugha has also given back in so many ways to his homeland of Nigeria. He created the Asomugha Foundation which consists of two programs, Asomugha College Tour for Scholars and Orphans and Widows In Need.
With the Asomugha College Tour for Scholars, each year Asomugha rewards students who meet his GPA requirements with all expense paid trips on college visits all across the country.
Through the Orphans and Widows in Need program, Asomugha provides food, shelter, medicine and other services widows and orphans victimized by poverty or abuse in Nigeria need.
These few things are only a tip off the iceberg for what all Asomugha has done on behalf of charity.