Posted: 4:33 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
By Christian D'Andrea
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.