It is hard to believe that our season with the Skins is over now. It hurts that we had our playoff future in our hands and we let it slip away in our last game of the season. Despite the hurt of missing the playoffs, I am proud of the improvement that our team made from last year to this year. I’m hoping that our guys will see the benefits of what our hard work meant this year and will strive to put in even more work this offseason so that we can continue to reach our goals.
Hard work on the field pays off for a team wanting to get better. Hard work off the field is something that makes an impact that is almost difficult to put into words. My mother Marie is the one person who instilled a work ethic in me. She was an immigrant from Haiti who worked incredibly hard as a single mom to give us all the things that our family needed. Just watching her work so hard taught me the value of what working hard really means.
As hard as my mom worked, she also took time to help those who had less than what she did. That is also a lesson that I have carried with me all my life. Now that I have been blessed with the platform of being a pro football player, I have every reason to find ways to give back. From helping out in D.C. by giving kids bikes at Christmas to going back to Haiti so that we can help rebuild a school - I’m dedicated to making my life focused on working hard to help others.
I am incredibly honored to be the Walter Payton Man of The Year Nominee from the Redskins. It is my hope that people will see my heart for working hard and giving back and that they would be inspired to do the same. Hopefully, we all will see how blessed we truly are and we will strive to serve others in any way we can.