Every year, the approach of Super Bowl weekend is a busy time for the NFL, including players who won’t be playing on the biggest stage of the year. Each year, the NFL selects players to be nominated for various awards related to on-field and off-the-field conduct and activities. This year, Devin White of our Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been named as one of five finalists for the NFLPA’s highest honor, the Alan Page Community Award. This award is given to the player who goes above and beyond in their community, working tirelessly to elevate the people around them who are less fortunate.
Along with the Bucs’ linebacker are the five other finalists:
Devin White – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Damar Hamlin – Buffalo Bills
Charles Leno Jr. – Washington Commanders
Darren Waller – Las Vegas Raiders
Jonathan Jones – New England Patriots
Without even winning the award, even being nominated is a huge achievement, combined with each finalist being awarded a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choosing; the nomination gives these players the opportunity to positively influence more lives.
Per the NFLPA, Devin White was selected for his continual service in the community and noted the recent weeks following the passing of his father.
“Following the unexpected death of his father in November, White decided to honor his legacy just two weeks later by distributing Thanksgiving meal items to families in need in Florida and his home state of Louisiana. On November 19, one day before his Father’s funeral, White and his mother provided more than $15,00 worth of turkeys during a drive-thru event in Cullen, Louisiana. A few days later, after heading back to Tampa, the Week 13 NFLPA Community MVP and his Get Live with 45 Foundation handed out 45 Thanksgiving meal kits and helped feed more than 450 foster children and their families.”
Devin White launched his foundation in 2021 with the mission to help provide hope and comfort to kids in foster care and those with unstable environments. Recently, White launched the “Dream Family Room Makeover”, where he selects a local foster family and renovates part of their home. In July, White began his first renovation, which featured a new living room space with toys, a backyard swing set for a family, and more.
A month later, White hosted his first Get Live for Back-to-School give-a-way, giving away backpacks, essential school supplies, and food to 50 foster children. In October, White threw a bowling party for 60 children from Tampa’s Boys & Girls Club, giving them brand-new toys and an experience that won’t easily be forgotten. So far, Devin White has helped more than 800 Children throughout Florida and Louisiana with his foundation, which continues to strive to support children and families in his home community, and within his adopted community here in Tampa, Fl.
The Alan Page Award winner will be announced on February 8 at the NFLPA’s annual Super Bowl press conference, along with other awards available during the grand finale of the NFL season. While winning the award would certainly be an enormous honor in recognizing the work done by White and his foundation, fans can be proud of this achievement and the work being done, an award or no award.