Indianapolis Colts Safety and fan favorite Antoine Bethea received a huge honor Monday. The club made him their "Man of the Year" for his leadership and commitment to community service.
Bethea has started 90 consecutive games for the Colts and has made the Pro Bowl twice.
But it's what Bethea does for the less-fortunate off the field that singles him out.
For each Colts home game, Bethea donates 15 tickets and meal vouchers to poor youth in Indiana as a part of the team's Community Ticket Block program.
"Antoine embodies everything this team is about. He is a tremendous player and continues to provide veteran leadership in our locker room and in the community," said Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano.
Bethea also hosts a college tour for students from his hometown of Newport News, VA. Bethea takes the teens to George Mason University and his alma mater Howard University to expose them to the college experience.
Bethea is now eligible for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the highest honor an NFL player can get for his efforts both on and off the field.