*** Courtesy of the Denver Broncos Media Services Department ***
The Denver Broncos have selected guard Zane Beadles as their Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award recipient. This prestigious award historically recognizes a player for outstanding leadership both on the field and in the community.
Beadles has continuously proven to be a leader on and off the field, and his steadfast devotion to CABPES (Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists) and Brent's Place for children with cancer initiatives has made a pronounced impact on the community. Zane also has been a big advocate of the Broncos' work with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
Beadles' selection will be recognized during Sunday's game against the Browns, and the Broncos will make a $10,000 donation in Beadles name to the charity of his choice. Beadles' name will be submitted to the NFL for consideration as the national award winner, which is announced during Super Bowl week. That individual will receive a $25,000 donation to the organization of his choice courtesy of NFL Charities.
Additionally, a second donation of $10,000 will be made to celebrate the commitment of all the Denver Broncos' players in the community over the past year. The donation will be made to the charity of the players' choice.
Previous Broncos nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award include linebacker Wesley Woodyard (2010-11), cornerback Champ Bailey (2008-09), cornerback Domonique Foxworth (2007), wide receiver Rod Smith (2006 and '04), safety John Lynch (2005), linebacker Ian Gold (2003) and wide receiver Ed McCaffrey (2002).
Quarterback John Elway (1992) is the only Broncos player to win the national award, which was first given in 1970 and renamed after the Chicago Bears' Pro Football Hall of Fame running back in 1999.
The Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging African-American and underrepresented youth to pursue career choices in the engineering and applied science professions. By doing so, the number of minority technical professionals will increase to the level that better represents the minority population while assisting these industries in meeting the growing demand for engineers and scientists.
Brent's Place helps those living with cancer by providing housing and programs through partnerships in our community, making a difference in the lives of children living with cancer...one day at a time.