Well, I just wrote about Takeo Spikes and how I'd never doubt him again, so I figure we can keep it going with this gem of a post reflecting his utter awesomeness. Takeo is the nominee from the 49ers for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. It's a prestigious honor in my eyes, and it's meant to represent what a player does off-the-field alongside his accomplishments on the field.
One member from each of the 32 NFL teams is nominated for the award. Three finalists for the award will be announced during the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, January 23. The winner of the award will be announced and recognized during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 6. Everyone who is nominated gets $1,000 to a charity of their choice - bump that up to $5,000 for the three finalists, and give me a hell yeah (and $20,000 to their charity) for the winner of the award.
I've known all about Takeo's charity work, and from listening to him talk about them in interviews and the like, it's clear he's very passionate about the things he does. I love that about a lot of professional athletes, it's not always about their image and appearing like they care like a lot of rich people do - most were brought up certain ways, without a whole lot to their name, and it brings forth a pretty hefty dose of compassion.
The aptly named 51 Ways Foundation was started to support families of children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders in all manner of ways, be it financial, spiritual or physical. Whenever there's any 49ers related event going on, Spikes is always one of the players to volunteer and get things done. He is, in my opinion, a worthy candidate.