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Spikes nominated for Payton Man of the Year award

Spikes nominated for Payton Man of the Year award

Jan. 21, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO
49erslinebacker Takeo Spikes has been nominated for the Walter Payton NFLMan of the Year Award, the only league award that recognizes a playersoff-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Theannual award is named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back whopassed in 1999.Spikeshas participated in a wide range of community events throughout hiscareer and started his own foundation, 51 Ways Foundation, to furthergive back to those in need. His foundation was started in 2004 tosupport families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer andblood disorders through financial, spiritual and physical resources.During his time with the 49ers, Spikes has participated in communityrelations events related to the team that range from hospital visits,to stocking food boxes for food banks in San Francisco, to shoppingwith youth during the holidays for their families. Onemember from each of the 32 NFL teams is nominated for the award. Threefinalists for the award will be announced during the NFC ChampionshipGame on Sunday, January 23. The winner of the award will be announcedand recognized during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 6.Allnominees will receive a 1,000 donation to the charity of their choice.The three finalists will receive an additional 5,000 donation in theirname. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award willreceive the Gladiator statue, an original art creation by the notedsculptor, Daniel Schwartz. In addition, the players favorite charitywill receive an additional 20,000 donation in his name.
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49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

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49ers CEO Jed York responds to Trump's 'callous and offensive comments'

San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem. 

Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.

York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements. 

Colin Kaepernick's mom responds to Trump's 'son of a b----' remark

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Colin Kaepernick's mom responds to Trump's 'son of a b----' remark

In front of a raucus crowd at a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump had pointed words for NFL players that are kneeling and protesting during the National Anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said.

Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled before every 49ers game last season, has yet to respond to those comments. But his mom, Teresa, made her thoughts clear on Twitter Friday night.

"Guess that makes me a proud bitch!" Teresa said in response to a journalist tweeting an article with Trump's comments.