NASHVILLE – Titans safety Kevin Byard has been named one of five finalists for the 2021 NFLPA Alan Page Community Award.
The other finalists include Geno Atkins (Cincinnati Bengals), Hayden Hurst (Atlanta Falcons), Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) and Harrison Phillips (Buffalo Bills).
The winner will be announced 2:30 p.m. CST on February 4 at the NFLPA's annual Super Bowl press conference, and the honoree will receive a $100,000 donation to his foundation or charity of choice.
The Alan Page Community (APC) Award is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player, as it annually recognizes one player who "goes above and beyond to perform community service in his team city and/or hometown." Each of the finalists will receive an additional $10,000 for his foundation or charity of choice, with the winner being determined this week through a league-wide vote by their NFL peers.
Byard was named Week 0 NFLPA Community MVP earlier this season after personally packing and distributing more than 300 distance-learning kits, benefitting more than 100 disadvantaged families in the metropolitan Nashville area. The kits included school supplies, essential hygiene items, backpacks, gift cards and sporting goods. The Titans safety said he wanted to lend a helping hand to families who had lost jobs and may not have had the resources available to transition to a new style of living and learning due to the pandemic.
In partnership with United Healthcare, Stuff the Bus, United Way and Academy Sports, Byard packed and distributed more than 300 distance learning kits to those in need. The kits included school supplies, essential hygiene items, backpacks, gift cards and sporting goods.
"It's an honor and a blessing to be highlighted as NFLPA Community MVP," Byard said at the time. "I'm grateful to give back to my city and ensure I'm truly making a difference to those in need."
Last offseason, Byard was also selected as the official spokesperson for the United Way of Greater Nashville.
Byard, who played collegiately at MTSU, has made a great effort over the years to give back to the community.
In May 2019, Byard hosted 200-plus youngsters at the inaugural Kevin Byard Football Camp at Ensworth School. At the time, he said he planned to hold the camp - which was free - every year.
In September 2019, Byard partnered with UnitedHealthcare to distribute new shoes and socks to over 300 students at Robert Churchwell Elementary School in Nashville. Byard tossed the football with kids, and spoke to them about the importance of making good grades.
Byard also teamed up with Academy Sports in 2019 to provide new shoes and coats for the children of The Boys and Girls club in Smyrna, Tenn.
Byard joined Titans teammates, coaches, and other members of the organization for tornado clean-up efforts in Nashville last March.
Byard began The Byard Family Legacy Fund in 2019 because he wanted to make a difference in the lives of his neighbors. Byard has said the purpose of his foundation is to provide the community with hope.
Byard also volunteered on Giving Tuesday with local high school football teams to create care packages for the homeless and taking the lead as an instrument for change during the recent social justice protests.
The nominees for the Alan Page Community award were pulled from the NFLPA's 2020 Community MVP campaign, where 18 players were honored every week during the regular season for their outreach efforts. Each Community MVP was previously awarded $10,000 for his foundation or charity of choice, and our supporting partner Pledge It set up a crowdfunding campaign to benefit a cause selected by the player. Additionally, supporting partner Athlita Comics created a limited-edition comic illustration of each Community MVP serving their communities while using scenes inspired by classic movie posters. A panel of judges from across labor, media, sport and service narrowed the pool of 18 candidates down to five finalists.
Through his Byard Family Legacy Fund, which he launched in 2019, the fifth-year NFL veteran has held free annual football camps for 200-plus students, hosted Thanksgiving food distributions and provided new shoes, socks and coats for local youth. In just the past year, Byard has impacted more than 5,000 individuals in need in the greater Nashville community.
To learn more about The Byard Family Legacy Fund, visit byardfamilylegacy.org.
Titans safety Kevin Byard distributed new shoes and socks to over 300 students at Robert Churchwell Elementary School in Nashville, stressing the importance of making good grades. (Photos: Donald Page)
Titans safety Kevin Byard partnered with Campbell's Chunky Soup to assist the Bridge Ministry in Nashville, Tenn. (Photos: Donald Page)
The Byard and Tannehill families provided $50k worth of Christmas gifts to 20 Nashville families in need. In addition, Crosspoint Church surprised one of the families with a brand new Nissan Pathfinder! (Photos: Gary Glenn)
Titans safety Kevin Byard and his Byard Family Legacy Fund teamed up with Eat Well Nashville and Cross Point Church to host a special Thanksgiving event for families in need in the greater Nashville community. (Photos: Donald Page)