In addition to the Fifth Third award, he has gotten these other accolades:
- One of only seventeen NFL players chosen, for their commitment to their community, to be a 2008 NFL Neighborhood MVP
- Ed Block Courage Award winner 2008
- Bears' 2005, 2007, and 2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year
provides assistance to economically at-risk persons or families in-need that will strengthen their ability to care for themselves, enhance their stability and security, and improve their quality of life or their ability to contribute to the community. Applications are only available at Chicago-area hospitals or pre-approved community organizations.
He followed one of the Well-Met codes to be Well-Applied and used a personal experience to choose to make a personal commitment to the cause by choosing to support the cause of organ donation which saved his daughter's life.
We don't all have the resources of a pro athlete, but we can be inspired by his finding passion for a cause related to a personal experience and us that as the impetus to get involved in that cause. We all have things that happen to us or family or friends, and one of the best ways to deal with the emotions we bottle up as men because of those events is to find (or even create) an organization or event that addresses the subject. If you even impact one other person for getting involved you have turned misfortune into fortune.