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To improve the quality of life of the communities that support our players by encouraging healthy lifestyles, positive choices, teamwork and commitment to service.


NFL Players Support Non-Violence in their Communities
Read stories in media outlets across the country about NFL players’ community outreach efforts supporting the message of MLK, Jr.

Highlights of 2012 Thanksgiving & Holiday Community Service
View media clips highlighting the charitable contributions players made during the 2012 holiday season

Highlights of 2012 Offseason Community Service
View a sampling of press links highlighting the good works players did from coast to coast this summer.




Saints running back Pierre Thomas takes you behind-the-scenes of the NFLPA One Team | One Community Fitness Clinic at Emily C. Watkins Elementary School in LaPlace, LA. Thomas and fellow NFL players Jabari Greer, Lance Moore, Irv Smith, Will Smith and Jon Stinchcomb led the students through a healthy living clinic featuring non-contact football drills.


Go behind-the-scenes as New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer speaks to the East St. John Football team, who lost their football equipment and school in Hurricane Isaac. Greer and other NFL players joined the NFLPA to host this Training Camp for Life event to discuss topics such as overcoming adversity, decisions and consequences, and healthy teen relationships.


Taking a timeout from its preparation for the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, the American team spent an afternoon helping Habitat for Humanity with a home build in the Los Angeles area.


Former NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, talks to the teens of Carson High School about working hard.


In October, NFL players will be raising money for breast cancer awareness with collective and individual efforts across the country. Through the NFLPA's One Team for the Cure and their own foundations, players will host a variety of events and fundraisers in their team cities and home communities.


Brandon Weeden (Cleveland), TJ Graham (Buffalo), Ryan Tannehill (Miami), Brock Osweiler (Denver), Ryan Broyles (Detroit), Russell Wilson (Seattle), Doug Martin (Tampa Bay) and Robert Griffin III (Washington) speak about breast cancer awareness.

One Team For The Cure Player News:

  • Mother of Tennessee TE Cook to Be 12th Titan: Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a cause that hits home for Tennessee tight end Jared Cook. Watch this video on the Titans’ official website about a special honor for his mother.
  • Packers’ wide receiver Greg Jennings has been battling injuries throughout the 2012 season. Although his injuries have decreased his time on the field, they have not diminished his commitment to being involved in the community and promoting breast cancer awareness month. Greg has been encouraging his Twitter followers to purchase his signature “Be Great” shirts during the month of October, as all the proceeds are being donated to breast cancer research. Earlier this year, Greg, along with fellow Kalamazoo native and Eagles defensive end Jason Babin, donated items to a Michigan high school’s annual “Pink Game” to help raise money for Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information about Greg’s foundation or to purchase a shirt, visit gj85.com.
  • Former NFL players Roy Hall and Antonio Smith are hosting a flag football game on October 27 in Columbus, Ohio to help tackle breast cancer. Roy and Antonio are both former Buckeyes and the game will feature more than 10 former Ohio State football players with all proceeds benefiting the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Roy founded the DRIVEN Foundation in 2008 with the goal of empowering underserved communities through programming, community events and networks of support. For more information about the DRIVEN Foundation and Saturday’s Driven Flag Football Game, visit www.drivenfoundation.org.
  • In 2006, when Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman was a freshman at Ohio State, his father told him that he had been diagnosed with breast cancer. At first, Kurt did not believe his father, as he was unaware that men could get breast cancer. Kurt’s father overcame the disease and is cancer free, however the shock resonated with Kurt and ever since he has been supporting the cause. Kurt created his foundation, Coleman 4 A Cure, to increase awareness of breast cancer, and the foundation dedicates funds and donations towards continued research for a cure. To learn more about Kurt’s story, click here.
  • Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, during Jared’s senior season at South Carolina. His mother kept her diagnosis from her son for more than six months because she wanted him to focus on football and not worry about her treatments. Since then, Jared has been extremely passionate about supporting breast cancer awareness through various personal campaigns. Last week, he hosted a “Dine-in and Donate” where he signed autographs for donations and the restaurant donated 15% of its proceeds to Susan G. Komen. Additionally, on Saturday, October 27 Jared is participating in the Susan G. Komen’s Nashville affiliate’s Race for the Cure – through an alternative measure – by “Sleeping in for the Cure” prior to his game against the Colts. Jared has been a wonderful ambassador for breast cancer awareness in honor of his mother, who in turn, was honored as the 12th Titan during Tennessee's official breast cancer awareness game on October 11.
  • Linda Thomas recently emailed to thank everyone involved with October's breast cancer awarnessness programs: "I was diagnosed this year with breast cancer. I wanted to take the time to thank all of the NFL, its clubs player and the NFL Players Association for supporting the fight against Breast Cancer. It is indeed important that women get there annual screenings, especially women who are 40 and older. Thank the players, coaches, and the referees for wearing all of the pink and bringing awareness to breast cancer. With all of my heart I thank each and everyone of you. Tell them all to say a prayer for me."
  • The significance of Friday’s Perrysburg High School football game against Bowling Green goes beyond Ohio high school rivalries. The matchup is part of the Spielman Gridiron Classic, part of former NFL player Chris Spielman’s breast cancer awareness fundraising efforts in honor of his late wife, Stephanie, and her memorial fund at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Chris is an active breast cancer awareness advocate, and the goal of the Spielman Gridiron Classic is to raise $100,000 for breast cancer research throughout Ohio during the fall football season. Click here to learn more about the Spielman Gridiron Classic. 
  • Former star fullback Ernie Green had a successful career in the NFL, playing seven seasons for the Cleveland Browns and appearing in two Pro Bowls. In 2005, however, he was diagnosed with breast cancer. After surgery and eight rounds of chemotherapy, he has a clean bill of health and is determined to educate men about the disease and how it can affect them personally – and not just the women in their lives. Since overcoming his treatments, Ernie is on a mission to make men more aware of the problem with hopes of reducing the number of people that have to go through what he experienced. Ernie’s two older sisters were also diagnosed with breast cancer, and one of them died from the disease. To learn more about Ernie’s story, click here.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is known not only for his tenacity on the field, but also for his legendary beard, which is commonly referred to as “Da Beard.”  Brett produces a variety of “Da Beard Gear,” and this October he has created a breast cancer awareness t-shirt and is donating all proceeds to breast cancer research.  Brett has been active in promoting breast cancer awareness over the years, as he and his wife Sarah have been long time supporters of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation. Each October they attend the Foundation’s annual “Bid for Hope” event, which raises money for research for young women with breast cancer. To learn more or purchase one of Brett’s t-shirts, visit his website.
  • LeSean McCoy’s struggling Eagles team is not the only thing weighing on his mind this month. His aunt, Christina, is battling breast cancer after being diagnosed six months ago.  In addition to wearing pink during games, LeSean, along with several other NFL players, has teamed up with DICK’S Sporting Goods and its ‘Sport Your Support’ campaign. The campaign is promoting breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October by providing pink gear and donations to the cause. To learn more about LeSean’s partnership with DICK’S, read here.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Adam Hayward lost his mother to breast cancer in 2005. Today, in her memory, he is actively involved in local awareness campaigns and serves as an ambassador for the Florida Suncoast Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Additionally, Adam and teammates Connor Barth and Doug Martin spent time visiting with residents at Hope Lodge this past week. The players exchanged stories with residents and assisted with chores to lighten the burden on people already fighting for their lives. For more information about the visit to Hope Lodge, read here.
  • Houston Texans linebacker Bradie James lost his mother to breast cancer in 2001 after a late detection of the disease. To honor his mother and to help other families avoid what his went through, Bradie created Foundation 56. Foundation 56 is a breast cancer outreach program that provides access to quality services and resources for breast cancer patients and survivors. One of the foundation’s major events is an annual gymnastics tournament at Bradie’s alma mater, LSU, which raised $100,000 this year. For more information on Bradie’s foundation and commitment to breast cancer awareness, visit bradiejames.net.
  • This month, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is teaming up with The Red Devils, a Baltimore-based organization whose mission is to “fund services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families.”  Joe is donating the proceeds from his Pink Power t-shirt to the organization.  The Red Devils has invested over $1.8 million in services to help those diagnosed with breast cancer and their families cope with the disease.  For more information on Joe’s efforts, click here.
  • For Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Nick Eason, this year’s breast cancer awareness month carries a deeper meaning than it has in previous years. Nick lost his mother to breast cancer this past August and is taking every opportunity to honor her by showing his support for breast cancer awareness month.  Earlier this year, Nick created The Nick Eason Foundation, which assists families with loved ones going through a terminal illness by providing financial, spiritual and emotional support.  Nick has been telling his story through various outlets in hopes of increasing awareness about the disease and offering information on how to cope with a family member having a terminal illness. For more on Nick’s story, check out his interview with Arizona local news.
  • October 4, the NFLPA kicked off One Team For The Cure with a reception for breast cancer survivors at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Charlotte. Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams hosted the event where players were able to meet breast cancer survivors and exchange stories in a private setting.  Attendees included his teammate Thomas Davis and retired players Marques Douglas, Rod Smart, Steve Israel, and Damian Lewis.  DeAngelo’s mother battled breast cancer and to raise awareness about the disease, DeAngelo has served as captain of a team in Charlotte’s Race for the Cure for the past three years. This year’s Charlotte race is Octpber 6, and his team, Williams Warriors, has raised more than $25,000 for Susan G. Koman for the Cure. Read DeAngelo's guest column on NFLPlayers.com here.
  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is using social media to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Larry lost his mother to breast cancer in 2003 and will be donating 25 cents for every new Facebook Like and Twitter follower he gets during the month of October.  In the first 48 hours since posting his message, Larry has already received more than 8,000 new Likes.  Additionally, Larry is donating $5,000 per touchdown and $1,000 per reception and will be wearing custom pink Nike cleats with his mother’s name on them.  For more information on Larry’s personal experience with breast cancer, click here to watch a video on NFL.com. To support Larry's cause, you can Like his Facebook page here.


One Team For The Cure Media Sweeps:

One Team One Community

To embody and support the philanthropic work of our players who are serving their communities.
To educate players on the importance of social responsibility, charitable efforts and the importance of volunteerism.
To provide an opportunity for corporate partners to engage with our players in support of the Mission of One Team One Community.

Mother of Tennessee TE Cook to Be 12th Titan

NFL Youth Football Fund Awards Grants for Free Camps

DeSean Jackson Hosts His 2nd Annual Youth Football Camp

NFLPA’s Former Players Support Athletes for America

Light Foundation Helps Youth Exceed Their Goals

High Schooler Wins National Award Co-Sponsored by NFLPA

Panthers’ Steve Smith Pledges Donation to Aurora Victims

Garth Brooks, Players Team Up for Children’s Charities

PAF Scholarship Program Rewards 51 Deserving Students

Bradie James Recognized as LSU Young Alumnus of the Year

For more information regarding the One Team One Community project, email us at oneteam@nflplayers.com.