J.J. Watt was named Community MVP after raising $33 million in relief funds for Houston, Texas after the devastation of Hurrican Harvey. Chris Long was named Community MVP in week 3, donating 6 of his paychecks to fund scholarships at his Alma Mater in Charlottesville. Colin Kaepernick was named Community MVP in week 1 for his donation of $100,000 to four different charities as a continual part of a $1 million dollar pledge. Andy Dalton was named Community MVP in week 8 for his support of seriously ill and physically handicapped children in his community. Von Miller was named Community MVP in week 17 for his donation of 2,000 pairs of eyeglass frames to low-income children in Denver.
The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes players that are making a positive impact within their communities. During the regular season, the NFLPA celebrates one active player every week who gives back to his community. NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to the players’ charity or foundation.
The Byron “Whizzer” White Award was established in 196, and is the highest honor that the NFLPA hands out. The winner of this award will be announced in April, and will receive an additional $100,000 for his charity or foundation.