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For Immediate Release - December 2010



Linebacker Nominated for League-Wide Award

Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander has been selected as the Washington Redskins 2010 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The Man of the Year honor is the only league award that recognizes player off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence. This year’s finalists — one player from each NFL team — have demonstrated an outstanding balance between civic and professional responsibilities in their lives this season.

He is nominated for the league-wide award to be selected from 32 NFL players. As the Redskins’ winner of the award, Alexander will receive a $1,000 donation for his A.C.E.S. Foundation. Three finalists for the award will receive an additional $5,000 and be invited to the Super Bowl in Dallas, with the winner announced on field directly before kickoff of the game. The overall winner will receive a $25,000 donation to the 501©3 organization of his choice.

Below is the nomination for Lorenzo Alexander submitted to the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year blue ribbon judging panel:

How did Lorenzo Alexander get the nickname “One Man Gang”?

Lorenzo, who entered the NFL as a defensive lineman, plays guard, tight end, fullback, defensive tackle, defensive end, and outside linebacker. He contributes on kickoffs, kickoff returns, punts, punt returns, and field goal protection. Lorenzo takes the mentality of contributing wherever you can to a whole new level. Fortunately, that mentality takes Lorenzo to a new level as well - undrafted rookie to starting linebacker.

Since entering the NFL, Lorenzo has 78 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 5 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. He earned those numbers while playing in just 52 games, 47 of which he played six different positions in a reserve role.

In the community, Lorenzo never plays a reserve role. In 2008, he started the Lorenzo Alexander A.C.E.S. (Accountability, Community, Education, Sports) Foundation. According to Lorenzo, “Without the first three, you’re not going to be successful. That means making the right decisions…being a good person, serving your community, and helping others.”

Through his foundation, Lorenzo tutors young people and runs college prep and life skills workshops. In November, his foundation launches “Real Talk Education Workshop” at his former middle school to help them understand the importance of education.

To help kids focus on education, Lorenzo provides school supplies to hundreds of youth that cannot afford to purchase the necessary tools for school. He hosts youth football clinics and speaks to nonprofit groups. Since starting his foundation two years ago, Lorenzo has donated over $62,000 to help support his philanthropic work both in Oakland and in the Washington, DC area.

More than just donating money, Lorenzo runs his foundation. He is not a figurehead. He doesn’t just show up at the events. When he isn’t out in the community or spending time with his family, he has on his hands-free headset and is making sponsor calls, writing grant applications, and putting together the logistics for upcoming events.

Besides his foundation work, Lorenzo volunteers for nearly every Washington Redskins community event. He participates in reading events, speaks to high school athletes about character, work ethic, and the danger of steroids and performance enhancing drugs, encourages youth to get physically active through PLAY 60 initiatives, distributes toys, coats, and food to underserved communities, speaks on Capitol Hill and walks to raise awareness for chronic kidney disease, talks to wounded warriors at Walter Reed, and sits by the bedside of kids battling terminal illnesses at children’s hospitals. To date, he has participated in over 43 team-related community events in his 3.5 seasons with the Redskins.

Lorenzo sees a need and works to fill it. When the hurricane hit Haiti, Lorenzo organized a benefit concert. Four months later, he held a charity bike race to raise money for children’s charities including sending money to orphans in Africa.

So how does someone get the nickname “one man gang”? You don’t. “One Man Gang” isn’t a nickname you get, it is a nickname you earn and Lorenzo Alexander has earned it.

The prestigious award was renamed in 1999 for the legendary Chicago Bears Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, Walter Payton. The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award has been given annually since 1970.

Past Redskins winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year include: London Fletcher, 2009 (selected as an overall finalist) & 2008; Rocky McIntosh, 2007; Renaldo Wynn, 2006; Shawn Springs, 2005; Chris Cooley, 2004; Darnerian McCants, 2003; Eddie Mason, 2002; Chris Samuels, 2001; Darrell Green, 1996 (won the national award); and Joe Theismann, 1982 (won the national award).

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Met him at my job at the beginning of the season.

Really genuine guy, was really nice and had a real conversation with me.

Drove a pretty could F 15O that was jacked up.

Defenitly deserves this award.

Congrats ZO

---------- Post added December-30th-2010 at 04:52 PM ----------

You wonder why the news has to create controversy.

Retarded threads get a 1000 replies. This one wont get 50.

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