RODNEY MCLEOD NAMED 2022 NFLPA ALAN PAGE COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER

The NFL Players Association announced Rodney McLeod as the recipient of the 2022 Alan Page Community Award at its annual Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. In recognition, the NFLPA will donate $100,000 to McLeod’s Change Our Future foundation.

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LOS ANGELES – The NFL Players Association announced Rodney McLeod as the recipient of the 2022 Alan Page Community Award at its annual Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. In recognition, the NFLPA will donate $100,000 to McLeod’s Change Our Future foundation.

“I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award,” McLeod said. “This award is truly all about the community; and when I hear the word ‘community,’ unity, hope and love also come to mind.”

As the NFLPA’s highest honor, the Alan Page Community Award annually recognizes one player who demonstrates a profound dedication to positively impacting his team’s city and communities across the country, following in the spirit of the Pro Football Hall of Famer and social pioneer for whom the award is named. Each year’s winner is selected by their NFL peers, who cast their vote for one of the award’s five finalists via electronic ballot.

McLeod personified the values of compassion and generosity in a number of ways this season. In December, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive back hosted his foundation’s inaugural Art & Sole Sneaker Ball, where more than $205,000 was raised to update STEM and Black history curriculum in local schools. The event also collected 150 toys and 250 new pairs of shoes to donate to families in need for the holidays.

This past fall, the 10-year veteran adopted Constitution High School and Hill-Freedman World Academy, pledging $20,000 toward educational programs, focus groups and curriculum. To maximize the impact of this funding, McLeod held a listening session with students during his school visit to gather feedback on their areas of need.

This season marked the second consecutive year that McLeod earned NFLPA Community MVP honors for his charitable outreach. In 2020, the Super Bowl champion delivered 40,000 pounds of fresh food to the local Share Food program and provided voter registration on site to families. Additionally, he donated $25,000 to the Philabundance food bank during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide meals for those struggling with hunger.

“I hope stories like mine will inspire others to pour back into their communities, forming leaders of change,” McLeod said. “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”

All of McLeod’s efforts stem from the mission of his foundation, Change Our Future, which he co-founded in 2020 with his wife Erika. Together, their goal is to empower others through education, advocacy and awareness in the areas of youth development, healthy lifestyles and community enrichment.

Since 2014, the NFLPA Community MVP program has honored one player each week during the regular season for his outreach efforts. Each of the 18 NFLPA Community MVPs is awarded $10,000 for his foundation or charity of choice and commits to making a virtual visit to a school or children’s hospital as a way to encourage their youngest fans. The winners also become eligible for the NFLPA Alan Page Community Award, whose five finalists are determined by an external committee of judges across labor, media, sport and charity.

This year, in building off the program’s theme, our supporting partner HEARTLENT Group created a limited-edition illustration of each Community MVP posing as a superhero in a toy box that highlighted their charitable works. Additionally, our supporting partner Aldine Sports Association made T-shirts and hoodies featuring each illustration. The apparel is being sold on its website, with a portion of all proceeds going toward the player’s foundation or charity of choice.

For more information about the Alan Page Community Award, the Community MVP program and its supporting partners (HEARTLENT Group, Aldine Sports Association, Wheels Up and Cheurlin Champagne), please visit nflpa.com/community-mvp.

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