The NFL Players Association informed the Denver Broncos on Friday that Quarterback Brock Osweiler was named the Community MVP for the week of November 10th.
Each week the NFLPA recognizes one player around the NFL who makes a positive impact in their community as well as demonstrating a commitment to giving back to his community.
"So I kind of have a different theme to every day," Osweiler told NFLPA.com. "The majority of the days, the theme is all about football, but Monday I call it ‘Pay It Forward Monday.’"
Osweiler formed a relationship with the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and agreed to do monthly visits with patients on Monday. He has done this twice thus far, and has spent about 15 minutes with each patient. While there Osweiler surprises the kids goody bags filled with Denver Broncos stuffed animals, footballs, stickers and a personalized photo card.
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"The visits to Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children has not only been a great thing for the kids, but it’s played a huge part in my life as well," Osweiler said. "Playing in the NFL, I’m essentially living out my dream every single day, and I’m so fortunate for so many great things. To be able to be in a situation to give back just a little bit is something that means a lot to me. I think there is a great responsibility for NFL players to do that. It’s been a great deal so far."
While on the flight back to Denver after a tough loss to the New England Patriots, Osweiler was reading an article about an Arizona family with a two year old daughter who is fighting a rare and unfortunately fatal disease. One of the girls last wishes was to see snow in person. So Osweiler and his fiancé decided to help this family out. They both decided to contribute to the family's cause by sponsoring their transportation expenses to help make this little girls dream a reality.
"Just to be able to do something that could potentially take their mind off all the hard things—even if it’s just for an hour or whatever that time may be—it’s something that I love to be involved with," Osweiler said.
Osweiler is the second Denver Broncos player this year to be named NFLPA as a Community MVP this season. Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was recognized in October for his book drive at Green Lee Elementary School in Denver through his Reading Equates to Success Foundation.
It's always good to see stories like this get out to the public. Especially when a lot of negative stories surrounding the NFL and it's players are circulating out there. To see a story like this come out reminds you that not all NFL players are "bad guys".
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