WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins named linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as the team’s 2015 Walter Peyton Man of the Year. Kerrigan is now a candidate to win the league-wide award. The honor recognizes a player’s community service and volunteer efforts as well as his excellence on the field, according to the team.
Between his work with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation (WRCF) and individual efforts, Kerrigan has focused on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and nutrition choices, supporting childhood cancer awareness, and supporting children and families in need.
“Ryan cares deeply about this community and has put a great deal of thought into the causes he supports” said Jane Rodgers, Executive Director of the WRCF. “As a result, his ability to make a difference and his impact is truly powerful. Once he decides to get involved, he does it with the same level of intensity he shows on the field.”
In addition to his work with the WRCF, Kerrigan, who signed a multi-year contract extension this past July, has become a fixture in the Washington, D.C. metro community. During his time in Washington, Kerrigan has launched “Ryan Kerrigan’s Blitz for the Better Foundation,” which aims to provide opportunities, resources, support and encouragement to seriously ill, physically challenged and special need children and their families. Blitz for the Better serves more than 18,000 children annually.