NFL Charities spreads the wealth

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The charitable foundation of the National Football League awarded $1 million in grants to support 89 charitable player foundations, as part of the inaugural NFL Charities Week.

"Our players know that the legacy they leave in the community is as important as any on-field achievements," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, president of the NFL Charities board of directors. "We are proud to support their foundations and applaud their efforts to make their communities healthy, happy, and safe."

NFL Charities has awarded more than $10 million to player foundations in recent years. Here are foundations connected to the AFC South that were among those receiving awards:

  • Jacksonville offensive tackle Jordan Black: Suburban Missionaries Inc

  • Indianapolis linebacker Gary Brackett: Gary Brackett's IMPACT Foundation

  • Retired Indianapolis offensive tackle Tarik Glenn: DREAM Alive, Inc.

  • Indianapolis cornerback Marlin Jackson: Marlin Jackson Fight for Life Foundation

  • Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning: PeyBack Foundation

  • Retired Houston Oilers quarterback Gifford Nielsen: Won Heart Foundation