Contrary to the photo at the top of this post, Brian Westbrook is quite a generous man.
When he’s not stiff-arming his way to touchdowns on the football field, he’s giving back to his community in a number of ways.
And his work has not gone unnoticed.
The 49ers running back is one of 10 prominent professional athletes to be named as finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
The nomination means a lot to Westbrook, who has made a point of giving back to the community throughout his nine years of professional football.
“I am so humbled to be a part of this special group of athletes,” Westbrook said in a press release. “Looking at what this group has accomplished together is just amazing and to know that this is just a small sampling of what we can achieve in our own communities is really awe-inspiring.”
If selected as one of two winners for the Jefferson Award, Westbrook would join the ranks of previous winners such as Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Bill Gates.
But if Westbrook is to be judged by the company he keeps, he’s surrounded by several quality professional athletes who win on and off the field. The nominee list features athletes from all sports ranging from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia.
The finalists were recently announced by 49ers Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, who is the founder of All Stars Helping Kids, a partner of the Jefferson Awards.
In order to win, each athlete will raise money for a charity of their choice through a text-to-donate campaign. In addition, Lott’s foundation will award $2,500 for each finalist’s charity. You can learn more about the nominees as well as their foundations by visiting the All Stars Helping Kids official site.
Two winners will be selected in the spring and will be able to attend the Jefferson Awards National Banquet in Washington DC on June 21st.
Win or lose Westbrook has big plans for his community regardless of the outcome.
“Right now, I am working on plans to construct The Brian Westbrook Community Outreach Center in my hometown and I’m so excited to have All Stars Helping Kids as a partner.”
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