Greenway nominated for ‘Whizzer’ White Award

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is a finalist for an award recognizing community service among NFL players.

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is a finalist for the Byron “Whizzer” White award, given by the NFL Players Association to a player who goes “above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns.”

Joining Greenway as finalists for the award are Dustin Colquitt of the Chiefs, Malcolm Jenkins of the Eagles, Jameel McClain of the Giants and Charles Tillman of the Bears.

The winner, announced on March 18 at the NFLPA’s annual Board of Representatives meeting, will receive $100,000 for his foundation or a charity of his choice.

“The award was established by the professional football players of America to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to one of their own, Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond ‘Whizzer’ White — scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “The NFLPA presents this prestigious annual award to the player that is just as dedicated off the field as he is on the field.”

Greenway was nominated by teammates during the regular season. The NFLPA then reviewed the submissions, with each applicant awarded $5,000 for his foundation or charity of choice. The judges, Charlie Batch, Mike Kenn and Kevin Mawae, narrowed the applicants down to five finalists.

Greenway’s Lead The Way Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million dollars over the past six years to provide seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout the Twin Cities with daily support and life-changing experiences. Since Greenway’s NFL debut in 2006, he has annually participated in the Gridiron Gallop 5k Fun Run to continue his dedication to children’s causes. He is a two-time Pro Bowl player.

Greenway was also the Vikings 2011 Community Man of the Year and was the 2012 Korey Stringer Good Guy Award winner for his cooperation and attitude with the media. He active with several other community causes, focusing especially on children.

Here is the background on the other nominees:

  • Colquitt is a Pro Bowl punter for the Kansas City Chiefs. His Colquitt for Kids Foundation works with KidsTLC, to assist and ensure a safe environment for children during times of family crisis. Colquitt is also an advocate for TeamSmile, which provides life-changing dental care to youth in need. The Knoxville native and his family established an endowed football scholarship at the University of Tennessee.

  • Jenkins, a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles, earned a ring at Super Bowl XLIV. The Piscataway, New Jersey native created the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to create positive change for youth living in underserved communities in New Jersey, Ohio, Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Each location represents a location which supported Jenkins at a time in his life. The foundation puts on signature activities around the year, including after-school programs, scholarships, football camps and youth safety initiatives.

  • McClain, originally from Philadelphia, is a linebacker for the New York Giants. McClain, a Super Bowl XLVII Champion, spent time in and out of The Salvation Army as a child, and now as a spokesman, he gives back to the organization that helped him overcome challenging circumstances. The Boys and Girls Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and New York-based FEDCAP are just a few other organizations McClain partners with to aid underserved adults and children.

  • Tillman, a two-time Pro Bowl player, grew up in Chicago and is a cornerback for his hometown Bears. Tillman founded the Cornerstone Foundation in 2005, and his organization has benefitted more than one million Chicago-area children by providing resources to those in need. For this and his dozens of other community initiatives, he was the 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

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