Parkview grad Jon Stinchcomb has been named the New Orleans Saints Walter Payton Man of the Year for his years of community service. The award, among the most prestigious in the NFL, is voted on by members of the media, Saints front office staff and local non-profit and business executives.
Stinchcomb, a six-year NFL veteran and a former Georgia offensive tackle, has taken a lead role annually in the Saints' visits to local hospitals, focusing on lengthy stays in the pediatric and chemotherapy wards at Children's Hospital of New Orleans and Ochsner Hospital.
He also spearheaded the creation the "OL 4 NO," Offensive Line for New Orleans Football Camp, a free event for underprivileged youth. The group also has purchsed 225 bicycles for Christmas for needy children.
"Several of our players were considered for this award, and all were worthy candidates considering the impact they've made on our community," said Saints owner/executive vice president Rita Benson LeBlanc. "Jon has sought out ways he can make a difference, and with his approach and the way he connects to young people he has been an inspiration with each of his endeavors."
Stinchcomb and his older brother, Matt, also a former UGA All-American, also have established the Stinchcomb Family Foundation to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Transplant Foundation, the Children's Tumor Foundation and the University of Georgia College of Education.
On Tuesdays, he also is involved with three organizations that allow him to visit schools. His wife, Allison, is a teacher and his mother, Karen Johnson, was a longtime teacher at Trickum Middle School.
For earning the team honor, Stinchcomb receives $1,000 for the charity of his choice. He also is a finalist for NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, which is announced prior to the Super Bowl. The overall winner receives $25,000 for charity.