Despite an excellent season in which he record 80 solo tackles, a career-high two sacks, and a career-high six interceptions, New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle wasn't rewarded with a Pro Bowl selection for the 2013 season. Even worse, the Giants failed to make the playoffs for the third time in Rolle's fourth year with the team. The veteran won't head into the offseason with a complete lack of hardware, though.
On Tuesday it was announced that Rolle one of the recipient of the 2014 Thurman Munson Awards. The honor is named after the late captain and catcher of the New York Yankees and is given to New York sports icons whose success on the field is matched by their philanthropic efforts off of it.
Rolle will be honored at a dinner party on February 4. Benefits of the dinner go to the AHRC New York City Foundation, which assists children and adults with disabilities. The awards dinner has over time raised $12 million to support the foundation. Thurman's widow Diana will be attending the benefit dinner for the 34th consecutive year, as she has been involved since its inception.
In addition to his terrific play on defense for the past four seasons with New York, Rolle has stood out by not missing a game with his tenure with the Giants. He's also very charitable, and his philanthropic work includes setting up scholarships and donating to his alma mater South Dade High School outside of Miami.
The other 2014 Thurman Munson Awards honorees are Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, MLB Network analyst Jim Kaat, YES Network analyst David Cone, former New York Knicks great Bernard King, and New York Mets pitcher Dillon Gee.
Rolle isn't the first Giants player to receiver the Thurman Munson Award. Previous honorees include Harry Carson, Karl Nelson, George Martin, Ottis Anderson, Amani Toomer, Kyle Rote, David Tyree, and Tiki Barber.