We might joke about Carey Spear's love of bringing outright violence to kick returners on the field, but it turns out he's a pretty good guy off of it.
Spear was named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Wednesday, earning an honor that may be more impressive that his First-Team All-SEC selection. The Good Works Team highlights student athletes who have excelled as leaders off the field by giving back to their community. Spear's list of humanitarian efforts as a Commodore are impressive. Here's what the AFCA release had to say how the Vanderbilt captain has devoted his time to helping others:
§ Spending spring break on mission trips in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Spear visited Mexico, Haiti and Peru to lead camps and work on the construction and maintenance of orphanages.
§ Visiting with patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to raise patients’ spirits.
§ Mentoring adults at Safe Harbor of Nashville through a recovery program that aims to keep adult men drug and alcohol free. Spear worked with several of the program’s clients as a volunteer mentor.
The senior kicker was one of 11 Division I players to be honored by Allstate and the AFCA. He was the SEC's only representative on the team. Congratulations to Carey for the award. It's good to know that a guy who stands out on the field is even more impressive off of it.