Honoree: Mike Furrey

Detroit Lions wide receiver Mike Furrey has stood out among a talented receiving corps in Detroit. In 2006 he led the team with 98 receptions and last year collected 61. He started his career as a safety in St. Louis, so Furrey is the only active offensive player in the league who has returned an interception for a touchdown.

Over his career, Furrey has been involved in the following off-the-field activities:

Community Activities

» Donates 40 tickets for every Lions's home game through the CATS (Caring Athletes Ticket Service) for Kids program
» Weekly visits with patients at the Children's Hospital of Michigan
» Started Baskets of Hope with the Children's Hospital of Columbus, OH
» Fellowship of Christian Athletes
» Visits and mentors boys to help them overcome traumatic experiences as part of the Christ Child House
» Participated in the 2008 Lions' Pet Calendar with proceeds benefiting the Dearborn Animal Shelter
» Adopts-A-School
» Lions Experience Package
» Furrey and his wife grant wish trips through Rainbow Connection
» Star Commonwealth Center
» Educating students about drunk driving
» Hosting a food drive to benefit the Detroit Rescue Mission

Personal Foundation

The Mike Furrey Foundation (MFF) was established in 2006. The MFF donates proceeds to numerous charitable organizations including the Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Central Ohio. LSS offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people. Through its programs, LSS reaches 39 counties in Central, Northeast and Southeast Ohio with select services offered statewide. LSS mission statement: "By fulfilling our vision that respect, compassion and love overcome hatred, fear and loneliness, we strive to create a better world by serving people in need." The foundation just hosted their first annually golf tournament on June 26th, which raised over $120,000. The MFF recently hosted a celebrity bowling tournament that also raised several thousand dollars.

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Earl "Curly" Lambeau, 37, coach of Green Bay Packers of National Football League, poses in 1931, location unknown. (AP Photo)

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