Rodney McLeod awarded NFLPA’s Community MVP for Week 14
The NFLPA has named Eagles safety Rodney McLeod as their Community MVP for Week 14. McLeod held his inaugural Art and Sole Sneaker Ball, which helped raise over $200,000 along with 250 pairs of sneakers and 150 toys for local families in need.
This announcement comes on the heels of Darius Slay being nominated for the 2021 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award and Jason Kelce for Walter Payton Man of the Year. McLeod was the Eagles’ 2020 nomination for the Walter Payton Award due to his several charitable acts off of the football field.
This drive was hosted by his “Change our Future” foundation on Monday night at The Arts Ballroom in Center City. Several Eagles teammates attended the event, including Avonte Maddox, Jordan Mailata, and others. A large portion of the money was raised by a silent auction consisting of autographed sneakers and sports memorabilia.
It’s genuinely fantastic to see such a large portion of this roster giving back to the community in so many ways, and a significant reason for that is McLeod. He has been doing these charitable acts since arriving with the team in 2016, and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.
For example, the Eagles safety and his wife helped provide 10,000 kids with educational programs focusing on social justice in the Philadelphia area last season. Hopefully, McLeod will continue these gracious acts throughout the season. In the meantime, the Eagles have the weekend off before facing the Washington Football Team next Sunday (12/19).
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