Kicker Jay Feely (left) is announced as the Cardinals' Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree by team president Michael Bidwill.
Since a devastating earthquake in 2010, Jay Feely has gone to Haiti three times to help the needy, and even took his family to be a part of it.
"When you go down there and see kids without families and people without homes, it gives you a different perspective," the kicker said Thursday as he accepted the Cardinals' version of the
2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year award from team president Michael Bidwill.
"We feel like the biggest advantage you have as a professional athlete is the opportunity to give back. People look to you to be a leader, but also look at you in a certain way just because you are an athlete. I think you can use that to your advantage to have an impact on people."
Feely is one of 32 NFL Man of the Year winners to qualify for the league's national award, which recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well his playing excellence. The overall winner will be announced prior to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey. Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner won the league award for the 2008 season.
Besides the trips to Haiti, Feely's good works include being a regular visitor to the Phoenix Ronald McDonald House, a participant in the team's annual "Feed The Hungry" event at Phoenix Rescue Mission, and as a supporter of the House of Refuge, a non-profit organization helping homeless families and individuals as they strive towards self-sufficiency and seek to obtain permanent housing.
Feely and his family have also created the Feely Family Foundation, which focuses on the protection, education, and rehabilitation of children.
"You can be overwhelmed with the poverty when you first go down (to Haiti)," Feely said. "You get the mindset that, 'I can't help everybody but I can help a couple of people and I can be part of the process of healing.' "
CARSON PALMER'S ELBOW ISSUES, AND FLOYD, ELLINGTON RETURN
Quarterback Carson Palmer appeared on the injury report Wednesday as limited with a right elbow injury. Thursday, during the open portion of Cardinals' practice, Palmer did not take part in the regular QB throwing drills, only doing some soft toss passes,
and was listed as limited again.
Palmer said he "threw a little bit, not much" during practice, but hopes to do more in Friday's practice. Palmer was hurt on the strip-sack on the third play against the Eagles. Asked about Palmer after practice, offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin declined to talk about Palmer's status.
Both wide receiver Michael Floyd (ankle) and running back Andre Ellington (knee) were upgraded to limited after sitting out Wednesday. Still limited were linebacker Marcus Benard (shoulder), linebacker Kevin Minter (shoulder) and safety Rashad Johnson (ribs). Tight ends Rob Housler (ankle) and Jim Dray (back), along with punter Dave Zastudil (right ankle) were upgraded to full.
For the Rams, only center Scott Wells (fibula) didn't practice. Three players -- linebacker Daren Bates (concussion), tackle Jake Long (concussion) and cornerback Brandon McGee (foot) -- were upgraded to limited after sitting out Wednesday. Defensive end Eugene Sims (neck) was upgraded to full.
RAMS GAME OFFICIALLY SELLS OUT
The game Sunday against St. Louis is officially a sellout, the 82nd straight sellout at University of Phoenix Stadium. With the sellout, it will be televised locally on Fox (Dick Stockton and Ronde Barber will have the call.)
TOY DRIVE CONTINUES
The Cardinals again are teaming with the Roomstore in a holiday toy drive at the game to collect unwrapped toys and donations for underprivileged children. Items can be dropped off at all stadium entrances before reaching the pat-down area.