The Atlanta Falcons named fullback Patrick DiMarco the team's nominee for the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. DiMarco, a four-year veteran, is receiving this honor for the first time.
"When guys have the chance to give back and the impact they could have on the community that they're in, I think it speaks volumes for our whole organization and what we want to stand for," Head Coach Dan Quinn said. "And I couldn't think of a more perfect role model for our community than Pat."
DiMarco's involvement, passion and energy is spread throughout many organizations and causes and is not just absorbed into one organization or one cause; his efforts are spread across impacting every aspect of the community. He has participated in and led countless children's hospital visits, supported the Rally Foundation (a local childhood cancer research foundation), participated in multiple fundraisers for mentally challenged children, supported the Children's Miracle Network, traveled across the state of Georgia to lead Atlanta Falcons Moms Football Safety Clinics, participated in annual breast cancer awareness events, PLAY 60 events and has a desire for helping those in need, specifically military members and their families.
While DiMarco's community involvement gauges a large audience, he has found a special place in his heart for not just the military, but their families.
For the second consecutive year, DiMarco will host a holiday party for military families that will include a catered dinner and a shopping spree. The families are part of the TAPS organization, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, an organization dedicated to the families of our fallen heroes.
DiMarco also recently hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner along with teammate Jacob Tamme for the 125 men from the Atlanta Mission. This night included a night of dinner, dancing and enjoyment by all of those who attended.
"It was an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life. I was just glad to be there and hang with the guys, party and have a good time," DiMarco said.
DiMarco will be honored at the annual Atlanta Falcons Community Honors Dinner on Tuesday, December 15 at Ventanas in Atlanta. "It's such an honor to receive this award. I've been very blessed with a great opportunity to have a platform like this to give back," DiMarco said.
"Giving back to me is what it's all about, being able to go out into the community to show love and encouragement to those who are in need is an experience I will cherish forever. I am very grateful to be part of this wonderful organization that encourages all this amazing work we as a team are able to do in the community."