Darnell Hamlin has accomplished a lot in his four years with the Buffalo Bills Hamlin. But it’s not just his on-field feats that have earned him recognition—it’s also his dedication to community service.
And now, Hamlin is being recognized for both his on-field and off-field accomplishments as the 2023 George Halas Award winner. The award is given each year to a player who displays exemplary dedication to community service and befits the NFL’s tradition of giving back.
Hamlin was particularly moved by the award, saying “My commitment to making an impact in my community has been driven by my passion for helping others succeed, so this recognition means a great deal.”
So what makes Darnell Hamlin worthy of the 2023 George Halas Award? Keep reading to find out!
Hamlin’s Long History of Community Service and Philanthropy
Boxer Muhammad Ali once said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Well, the Buffalo Bills have one of Ali’s best tenants in free safety Micah Hamlin.
Hamlin’s dedication to service began before he ever donned a Bills uniform. He studied Kinesiology at Clemson University, where he was involved in numerous initiatives aimed at providing low-income students with access to college and higher education. Hamlin has continued his passion for service throughout his NFL career, partnering with multiple non-profits, lending his time and talents to critical causes in both Buffalo and his hometown of Jacksonville Fl.
These efforts recently paid off when Hamlin was named the 2023 George Halas Award winner, an honor given annually to an NFL player who displays exceptional commitment to community service and philanthropy.
No one knows better than Hamlin that small steps can make a big difference: “I’m just someone trying to use my platform for the greater good,” said Hamlin when accepting the award. And we are all undeniably better off because of it!
Hamlin’s New Charitable Foundation Provides Opportunities for Youth
Did you know that Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hamlin was recently named the 2023 George Halas Award Winner for his dedication to community service?
Hamlin was recognized for his tireless work with children and charitable organizations, so it’s only fitting that he took the award and ran with it – literally. Through his new charitable foundation, Hamlin is now providing youth in Western New York and across the United States with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have, like access to new hobbies, outdoor experiences, and much more.
Having grown up playing sports himself, Hamlin understands firsthand the power these activities can have on a young person’s life. He’s committed to investing in youth initiatives and helping children make the most of their potential—all while giving them a chance to ‘score’ on their dreams.
A Surprise Phone Call: Hamlin Named 2023 Halas Award Recipient
You’re probably wondering how Bills safety Jordan Poyer ended up surprising Hamlin with the news.
It all started with an unsuspecting phone call. Hamlin was asked to come to GM Brandon Beane’s office for a meeting, but when he got there, it was welcomed by not only Beane but Bills owner and President Russ Brandon and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as well. Little did he know they were all there to hand him the George Halas Award—the ultimate recognition of his commitment to community service.
Everyone in that room knew that Hamlin deserved this award—his commitment to helping others had been a constant in his life since childhood. He donated over $100,000 to Meals On Wheels, gave meals out of his own kitchen during COVID-19, and even served as an emcee for Christmas toy drives throughout the Buffalo community.
Needless to say, Hamlin was shocked when he opened that door! And now we have the honor of celebrating him as the 2023 Halas Award recipient. Congratulations again on this stellar achievement!
The George Halas Award: Honoring NFL Players for Exceptional Community Service
As a football fan, you may have noticed an interesting trend in the NFL lately. Players are increasingly putting their time and energy into community service projects. From hosting charity events to participating in food drives—enter the George Halas Award.
This award is all about recognizing NFL players who have gone above. And beyond to serve their communities, and this year the honor goes to Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry. Hamlin for his dedication to making a difference in his hometown.
So what does it take to be selected for the George Halas Award? The big answer here is commitment; commitment to bettering your community through volunteer work, donations, and advocacy. To be considered for the coveted prize, players must have:
Demonstrated a high degree of leadership in their community service projects
Participated in several team-sponsored community events independent of mandate
Achieved recognizable results from their work in the community
Established themselves as role models by exemplifying selflessness and compassion
Enriched the lives of those around them, both on and off the field
For Jerry Hamlin, this past year has been about embodying. Those values—and that’s why he won the 2023 George Halas Award.
Hamlin Following in Footsteps of Bills Legends as Halas Award Winner
Congratulations to Micah Hamlin on being named the 2023. George Halas Award Winner for dedication to community service, a distinction fit for a Bills legend! As Hamlin takes his place with past Bills greats, let’s take a look at what this moment means.
The George Halas Award is given by the Pro Football. Writers of America each year to an individual in the NFL who best exemplifies dedication to community service. The award was created in tribute to the late Walter Payton and was established in 2009. Illustrating how Payton embodied these values during his career.
Selected by a panel of PFWA members from across the league. Hamlin has followed in the footsteps of other Bills legends such as Jim Kelly (2016 winner) and. Thurman Thomas (2020 winner) as recipients of this prestigious honor. Along with Kelly and Thomas, he joins an impressive list of award winners such as Devin McCourty, J.J. Watt, Kurt Warner and Jerome Bettis for their commitment to making a positive social impact off the field.
It’s clear that Hamlin is well-deserving of this recognition. And will continue to represent the Bills organization with class and dignity both on and off the field. He is living proof that a single individual can truly make a difference in their community!