Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Brandon Carr

Walter Payton Man of the Year 2019: Brandon Carr


Brandon Carr's commitment to football is obvious. He's currently in his 12th NFL season and has the NFL's longest active streak of starts for a non-quarterback (currently at 189 as of 12/09/19). But his commitment to the community may arguably have an even bigger impact than his great plays on the field. This past season, the Ravens cornerback has elevated his philanthropic giving to a whole new level. The Ravens cornerback was been named 2019 Week 5 NFLPA Community MVP after pledging to donate $12,500 per game this season, a total of $200,000, to fund free screenings and diagnostic mammograms through the National Breast Cancer Foundation as part of the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign. Brandon's mother, Kathy Gail Carr, lost her battle to breast cancer on July 30, 2014. This past spring, Brandon received the Legacy Award at NBCF's Women of Hope Awards Luncheon in honor of his commitment to his mother's legacy through his work to help underserved women impacted by breast cancer across the country. At the luncheon, Brandon was moved to do more so he pledged to help provide free screening and diagnostic mammograms, including 3D options for women with dense breast tissue, to women living in Baltimore, Dallas and his hometown of Flint, MI. In addition to his elevated support of breast cancer patients this year, the Carr Cares Foundation officially launched a new literacy subscription box called LitBuddies at Glenmount Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore this past September. LitBuddies raises awareness about the importance and value in reading among youth by sharing books and literacy resources. More than 100 literacy boxes were already distributed for free to Baltimore-area students, and the subscription will be available for purchase for families across the country. The debut LitBuddies box was a "Back to School" box complete with two books, a bookmark, pencils and a notebook. Additionally, this year Carr received the Inspiration Award from Pop Warner Little Scholars for his performance on the field and his commitment to bettering his community.



Founded in 2012, the Carr Cares Foundation focuses on educational enrichment and physical fitness for youth. The foundation supports and promotes child literacy by establishing reading centers, implementing tutoring programs and providing learning tools to help young students understand the importance of reading and improve their literacy skills. Last year, Carr launched the Carr Cares Reading Buddy Program. The program provides mentoring services to struggling readers in 2nd and 3rd grade by pairing them with high school student mentors. The high school students who participate qualify for book scholarships for college through the Carr Cares Foundation. The Carr Cares Reading Buddy Program currently exists in schools between Texas, Michigan and Maryland, and on average, the program totals up to 364 hours of mentoring services for higher-risk students, per school. Additionally, last season the Carr Cares Foundation partnered with EVERFI to further support students in elementary schools with health and wellness education. The Carr Cares Foundation's Healthier Me - Wellness Fundamentals for Elementary School program is an innovative, games-based digital course that educates elementary school students about the importance of well-balanced meals and physical activity, preparing them to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to nutrition and fitness, and securing healthier, happier futures for the next generation. It is available for students at no cost to the schools or community-based organizations. Learn more about the Carr Cares Foundation at