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COMMUNITY RELATIONS UPDATE: JANUARY 4, 2012

 

   

BUCCANEERS NAME DAVIN JOSEPH 2012 MAN OF THE YEAR

FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

For the second consecutive year, G Davin Joseph has been named the 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Man of the Year. As the Buccaneers' nominee for this year's NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, a $1,000 donation will be made in his name to the Davin Joseph Events for Cause Foundation.

Primed to help lead a rejuvenated Buccaneers squad in 2012, Joseph suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason, bringing his 2012 campaign to an end. However, Joseph remained a committed teammate this fall, dedicating his efforts to rehabilitation and returning in 2013 even stronger than before.. Equally evident has been Joseph's strengthened presence in the community, demonstrating his desire to continually make a positive impact on those less fortunate.

Joseph 2012 Turkey Time

Spearheaded by Joseph and teammate Jeremy Trueblood, "Turkey Time with the O-Line" has now provided more than 3,500 Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families.

Joseph has been a leader in communities throughout Florida dating back to his early years as a Buccaneer. In 2007, he helped develop "Turkey Time with the O-Line," a holiday initiative sponsored by the team's offensive line which has now distributed more than 3,500 Thanksgiving meals to needy families in the Tampa Bay area. Joseph recently established the Davin Joseph Events for Cause Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing athletic and performing arts programs in public schools by instituting safe, structured after-school programs, enhancing athletic facilities, and encouraging greater community involvement. And for the past three years, Joseph has served as the Buccaneers' spokesman for the NFL/United Way's LIVEUNITED campaign, promoting volunteerism and service throughout the Tampa Bay community. His partnership this year has gained significant recognition throughout the Bay area for his active role in promoting TEAM DAVIN, a call-to-action effort for fans to join forces with United Way Suncoast to build the next generation of volunteers, mentors, and tutors. In addition to spearheading his own community initiatives and foundation efforts, Joseph continues to participate in a variety of philanthropic efforts throughout Florida.

 Team Davin

The NFL/United Way national platform, which includes one player from every NFL team, is led by Joseph, who recruited over 3,500 volunteers this season - more than double the mark of the second place player on United Way's TEAM NFL leaderboard.

The National Football League has awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award since 1970 to recognize a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Each NFL team selects a local Man of the Year finalist to be eligible to receive the national award. Three finalists will be selected, each of whom will receive a donation to the 501(c)(3) organization of his choice. A blue ribbon panel will select the Walter Payton Man of the Year winner from the three finalists. The national winner, who will be announced at the second annual NFL Honors award show on February 2 in New Orleans, will also receive a larger donation to the charity of his choice.

Joseph Gridiron Giveback

To learn more about Davin Joseph's efforts to give back to the community, visit www.buccaneers.com.


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