Meet some of the league's best men and their causes that that they want to promote:
Cause: Anything that involves children is a priority for Manning as he has served as the Chair of the New York March for Babies for the past seven years, joining thousands of New Yorkers in the walk in support of March of Dimes. Manning's efforts with March for Babies helped to raise over $25M over the past seven years.
Manning is a frequent visitor to the Children's Cancer Institute and donates his money to many causes that help children going through that, including Tackle Kid's Cancer.
Manning and his wife founded the Eli and Abby Manning Children's Clinics in 2007 and kicked off a five-year fundraising campaign that ultimately raised close to $3M and also created the University of Mississippi Medical Center Manning Family Fund, which received close to $1.5M in its first year last year.
Cause: Olsen's charities deal with those who are struggling to find a second chance at life. In 2009, Olsen founded Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation after his mother survived breast cancer. Greg's mission through the foundation is to ensure that everyone has a "second chance at life", just like his mother.
It does not end there for Olsen; he created a charity for those with congenital heart defects called the HEARTest Yard after his son was found with one. The HEARTest Yard Fund is a family service program administered in conjunction with Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. Families of babies affected by congenital heart disease are provided with services including in-home, private nursing care, physical therapy and speech therapy, all at no cost to the families or hospital. The program provides about $25,000 - $30,000 worth of nursing care (approx. 460 hours) per family during the first six months of the baby's life. Since its inception, the fund has distributed nearly $1.225 million in support.
Olsen has even taken action to lobby the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2013 for legislation that would require mandatory heart disease screening for newborns and the law came into effect in 2014.
Cause: Fitzgerald's First Down Fund has two priorities: 1) promoting reading and technology access for K-12 youth as cornerstones to success in life and 2) supporting efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer and support breast cancer survivors. Fitzgerald has done great work with the children of Minneapolis (his hometown) and Phoenix by allowing them more opportunities in education through grants for computers, books, chess tournaments, and playgrounds. Fitzgerald also provides free mammograms to women in those two areas.
Continuing a family legacy, Larry's charitable work keeps him grounded and keeps him in touch with his roots. His grandparents founded a non-profit organization to provide vision care to underpriveleged kids and his mom did charitable work to prevent AIDS, provide outreach and education to prevent breast cancer, and to provide support to women surviving breast cancer.
Winner will be selected on Saturday at 8 pm ET on Fox.
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That now marks 24 playoff wins for Tom Brady! Congratulations on that impressive mark and good luck to the Patriots when they face the Falcons in two weeks!
About it all.
Yep. It's okay to admit that you're wrong sometimes. Let's see if I'm wrong again! Good luck to the Falcons and whomever they play in the Super Bowl.
My Pick: Green Bay over Atlanta
It's hard to go against Aaron Rodgers right now. He always finds a way to get a first down and his O-Line allows him so much time to find his receivers (he takes an average of 2.87 seconds, one of the longest in the NFL). Rodgers has made it to the Super Bowl before and good experience counts for something.
Defense on both sides is not too strong so big plays will be given up but I think Green Bay has the advantage of creating those big plays. They beat the best team in the regular season last week! They do not care about the team with the most points in the NFL!
May the best offense win (that goes for all teams left) and I believe that Rodgers will prevail in the last game in the Georgia Dome.
My Pick: New England over Pittsburgh
Again, it's very hard to go against Tom Brady in the playoffs (23 wins now!). Both teams are on winning streaks but I think Pittsburgh's will end on Sunday night.
Ben Roethlisberger and his offense were unable to score in the end zone last week, but they still managed to win. Think that will fly with a high-scoring New England offense? Nope.
Pittsburgh could have a decent defense but New England beat the top defense in the NFL last week so that won't scare them too much. Pittsburgh needs a stronger case to beat one of the best teams in the NFL.
Tom Brady will continue his dominance and seek a new ring for his last finger on his hand.