Raiders' Asomugha finalist for Payton Man of Year


Raiders' Asomugha finalist for Payton Man of Year


NEW YORK (AP) Oakland cornerbackNnamdi Asomugha, Chicago defensive lineman Israel Idonije, andMinnesota safety Madieu Williams are the nominees for the Walter PaytonNFL Man of the Year Award.It is the only league honor that recognizes a player's community service along with his play.The winning player will have 20,000 donated to a charity in his name. The award will be announced at the Super Bowl.The most recent winners were Brian Waters, Kurt Warner and Jason Taylor.The 32 teams each nominated a player. A panel, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, pared the field to three.Asomugha is a four-time Pro Bowlcornerback for the Raiders. His foundation works with Orphans andWidows in Need, which supports women and children in Nigeria andprovides food, shelter, medicine, vocational training, literacy effortsand scholarships.Idonije is in his seventh season withthe NFC North champion Chicago Bears. His First Down Attendance Programserves more than 600 economically disadvantaged students in fiveschools in Chicago and Manitoba, Canada.Williams is scheduled to be in thePersian Gulf visiting with U.S. service members during Super Bowl week.He made a 2 million donation to create the Madieu Williams Center forGlobal Health at the University of Maryland, where he attended college.The center will address public health issues in Prince George's Countyand Sierra Leone, where Williams was born.The award is named for the longtime Chicago Bears running back, who died in 1999.

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.

Carr put that megaphone to good use.

Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.

The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.

That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.

Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.

In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.

Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.

That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.