Jessie Armstead Receives The Man of The Year Award at the Giants 2013 Big Blue BBQ Benefiting The Touchdown Fund
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, September 23, 2013, 06:00 PM EDT
Former Giants All-Pro linebacker, Jessie Armstead, received The Man of The Year Award at the Giants 2013 Big Blue BBQ benefiting The Touchdown Fund on September 16th at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey. Armstead was presented with the Man of the Year Award by John K. Mara, President and Chief Executive Office of the Giants, who described Armstead as “an exemplary player and exceptional person.” Mara explained how Armstead never said no when given the opportunity to help others or provide service, whether visiting a child in a hospital or making a generous contribution to charity.
Best known as a linebacker who played 12 seasons in the NFL, most notably with the New York Giants. Armstead was named to five Pro Bowls, and helped the organization to wins in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI as a member of the front office staff. Armstead was joined at the Big Blue BBQ by former teammates including Keith Hamilton and Roman Oben and as well as current Giants team members including: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul and David Bass. Michael Strahan, who was in the video presentation, named Armstead as his favorite teammate and the most instinctive and expressive Giant he had ever played with.
Upon receiving the award, Armstead expressed just how thankful he was for all of his blessings and how it is in fact his gratitude that fuels his philanthropic efforts.
“My family and I have been blessed in so many ways. ‘The Big Blue’ has taught me how to respect and play the ‘game’ right – both on and off the field. The principles I learned from the Giants – always give your best, through community and service—I apply to all avenues of my life. I am truly grateful for this honor”
The awards reception was part of the full day, 2013 New York Giants Big Blue BBQ, which not only marked the annual kick off to what will be an outstanding season, but raised money and awareness for children with heart defects and cancer via The Touchdown Fund. The Touchdown Fund is an exclusive charitable partnership, a first of its kind for the New York Giants, which raises funds for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, the Heart & Vascular Hospital, and the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC. The Touchdown Fund is an official partnership of the New York Football Giants and Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation.
About Jessie Armstead: Jessie Armstead is the co-owner of Hamilton Honda, in Hamilton, NJ, and Englewood Cliffs Cadillac, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. He is best known as a former linebacker who played 11 seasons in the NFL, most notably with the New York Giants, earning five Pro Bowl selections. He is also a member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor. Armstead continues to work with The Giants as special assistant and consultant.
He is also an active supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network, Jimmy’s Fund, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, YWCA, SKOR and Ryan’s Quest. Additionally, YMCA honored Armstead with its prestigious 2010 Community Enrichment Award. http://jessiearmsteadnews.com/