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Cardinals TE Zach Ertz a finalist for NFLPA Alan Page Community Award

Feb 3, 2022, 1:43 PM

Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares for a game against the Seattle Seahawks at State Fa...

Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares for a game against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz is one of five finalists for the 2022 NFLPA Alan Page Community Award.

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles safety Rodney McCloud and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Will Gholston make up the other four finalists.

Of the 18 NFLPA Community MVP candidates, the five finalists were selected by a panel of judges from across labor, media, sports and service and the results of an electronic fan vote.

Ertz was put in the unique situation of being traded midseason from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Cardinals. Shortly after joining the Cardinals, Ertz launched the “Score More n’ Feed More” campaign, which donated 5,000 meals for every Arizona touchdown, totaling 145,000 meals for Arizona food banks.

And despite being traded, Ertz continued to do charitable work in Philadelphia, with the Ertz Family Foundation breaking ground on House of Hope. The project’s mission is to create a safe space for local youth.

For his efforts, the tight end was named the Week 9 NFLPA Community MVP.

The award annually recognizes one player who goes above and beyond to perform community service in his team city and/or hometown.

The winner, which will be determined through a league-wide electronic vote by fellow players throughout the week, will receive a $100,000 donation for their charity or foundation of choice.

The five finalists will each receive an additional $10,000 donation from the NFLPA to use toward their foundation or charity of choice.

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