They invest in their communities, visit elementary schools, feed hungry children and fund scholarships.
We learned about all this on the NFL Players Association Facebook page here.
The Pittsburgh Steelers' Charlie Batch, for example, recently won the Byron Whizzer White Award for outstanding philanthropic efforts. He runs the Best of Batch Foundation in Pittsburgh, which helps young people through
...after school programs, sports activities, scholarships, school visits, and public speaking. In addition to Best of Batch, he is the owner of Batch Development Company which reinvests back into the Pittsburgh community by creating jobs and career opportunities.Players also support the arts (who knew?) The NFLPA tells us about a $10,000 donation to a jazz program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. The money was raised at an auction of former players' artwork.
Art for auction was provided by:Baron Batch (Pittsburgh Steelers), Steve Christie (former placekicker), Andre Collins (former linebacker, NFLPA Director of Former Players), Chris Cooley (Washington Redskins), Philip Crosby (former fullback), Quinn Early (former wide receiver), Dhani Jones (former linebacker), Sydney Justin (former cornerback), Cedric Killings (former defensive tackle), Desmond Mason (former NBA player), Mike McGraw (former linebacker), George Nock (former running back), Steve Sabol (NFL Films, art for display only), Cory Schelsinger (former linebacker), Jeffery Stephenson (former linebacker), Lynde Washington (former player) andGaro Yepremian (former placekicker).We realize all NFL Players aren't exactly perfect. But check out the NFL Players Association page to find out some of the things they do that don't make headlines.
And remember, THUGGS stands for "Those Helpful Union Guys and Gals."