New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore said he's always urging the younger players on the team to give back to their community. His love for community service has quietly been one of his passions since he arrived in the team in 2005.
Moore is also the Saints nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The winner, which is selected from the 32 NFL teams, receives a $25,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice. The other 31 finalists also receive donations in their name of $1,000 to charities of their choice.
"It would be a tremendous honor," Moore said of winning the award. "It would be something to tell people about forever. It's bigger than just playing football." Drew Brees is the Saints only winner to date. He was co-recipient of the award in 2006, along with then-San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson.
Moore's influence has trickled down to some of the newer players on the team, including wide receiver Joe Morgan, who hosted a Christmas toy drive for more than 500 kids. "I often tell the younger guys the passion our fans show for us is the same passion we should show for our community," Moore said. "That's kind of been my whole reason for trying to be as active."
Moore has been involved with several charities, but has been working with his foundation, the Lance Moore Community Cares program, which serves disadvantaged children and families. "I'm passionate about working with kids," he said. "Last year we partnered with a bunch of different people in the community, trying to stop violence in the city. We'll get back to working on things like that (in the offseason)."
Most recently, Moore spent New Years surprising 200 local YMCA children at Newman school as part of a clinic put on by members of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and former Saint Jon Stinchcomb. "To hang out with the kids and put a smile on their face was a great way to ring in the year," Moore said. "Something just as simple as seeing people smile can make your day."
is coming off one of his best seasons as a Saint. He had 65 receptions
for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns. He has 309 receptions for 3,824
yards and 36 touchdowns in his career.
Lance Moore Nominated For Prestigious Award
by Alejandro Aviles
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore had an amazing year this past season. Moore set a career high for receiving yards with 1,041, the first time in his career that Moore ever received for 1,000 yards or more. Moore is quietly becoming one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and is definitely one of the best receivers on the Saints.
Moore enjoyed a lot of success on the field this season, but it was his actions off the field that has earned him a nomination for a very prestigious award. Moore has been nominated by the Saints for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Every year the NFL gives out the Man of the Year Award to honor players’ charity and volunteer work in addition to their success on the field. Since coming to the Saints Moore has been a key factor in helping to improve the community in New Orleans.
The Lance Moore Community Cares Program is a program that Moore established that serves families and disadvantaged children that might be in need ofand educational assistance. Moore takes great pride in his community outreach and his career as an NFL player.
When Moore learned of his nomination he had this to say,
“It’s a great honor,”… “Community service is very important to my teammates and I and it’s something I enjoy doing. I take a lot of pride in the work I do on and off the field.”
In addition to being a great football player it is clear that Moore is also as classy as they come. It is nice that Moore was nominated but it does not matter if he wins the award or not. What matters is that Moore is out taking advantage of his blessings to help others and that is very admirable.