7. There are still plenty of HEROES in the league to cheer…
Alejandro Villanueva , Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end
Good Deeds: The former U.S. Army captain served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and earned the Bronze Star for valor for rescuing wounded soldiers under enemy fire. After an anthem flap last season—he stood alone for the anthem while his protesting teammates remained inside the locker room—he donated his royalty check from jersey sales to charity.
Larry Fitzgerald Jr., Arizona Cardinals wide receiver
Good Deeds: Voted the NFL’s most likable player, Fitzgerald’s First Down Fund dispenses over $500,00 in grants each year for causes like promoting reading proficiency. He travels the globe in the off-season for charities, engaging in acts like handing out hearing aids in Uganda, and supports nonprofits that fight breast cancer and HIV/AIDS.
Von Miller , Denver Broncos linebacker
Good Deeds: The bespectacled Bronco’s foundation Von’s Vision provides free eye exams and glasses to underprivileged youth, and even throws a fitting party to help kids feel at ease in their new eyewear. Miller also visited troops in Afghanistan in 2013, along with JJ Watt.
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans defensive end
Good Deeds: He donated $100,000, then raised over $37 million more, for relief efforts after the 2017 hurricane in Houston. His foundation also generated over $1 million to provide kids’ with after-school opportunities and he paid for the funerals of the 10 victims of the Sante Fe, Texas, school shooting.
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