One of my favorite Boilers of all-time is Matt Light... excuse me, that's Three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Light. He was pretty much an afterthought recruited by Jim Colletto as a tight end (who barely used tight ends) that shifted to offensive tackle and thrived as first the protector of Drew Brees' blindside, then Tom Brady's. He won three Super Bowls and played in two more, thus cementing a possible Hall of Fame career.
Matt Light is also a good guy off the field, too. He recently won an award for his charitable efforts through the Light Foundation:
All Sports United (@allsportsu) announced today that retired NFL lineman Matt Light has been honored as the winner of the 2014 Humanitarian Award today, a prize given annually to an outstanding professional athlete for excellence in philanthropy. Light's nonprofit organization, The Light Foundation, will receive a $100,000 prize package to further its mission and public exposure.
"I've been doing this for over a decade, working alongside people who tirelessly give their time," Light said. "For all the people that do that, this night is all about them. It's such an honor and such a humbling moment. It's just incredible."
The Light Foundation will receive assets and services donated by Media Cause, Auction Cause, Social Ambassador, Pro Player Insiders, G2G Collection, and BiTHouse.
Light was selected out of a group of 40 nominations for the award. Twelve finalists, as determined by the results of a month-long online vote, converged in Chicago for a ceremony where a panel decided the winner. Other notable finalists included Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), Bill Belichick (New England Patriots), Allison Baver (Olympic speed skater) and Isiah Thomas (National Basketball Association).
The Light Foundation is based at http://www.mattlight72.com/, and it strives to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Even though Matt's playing career is over, he is still working to make this world a better place. Think of this as a pseudo-Profile in Badassery.
He also won it over an IU guy in Isaiah Thomas, so suck it, IU!