Christopher Owens named team’s man of the year

Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens with children from Project Guinness.

Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens with two children at the Georgia Dome.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens was named the Atlanta Falcons’ man of the year on Monday and will be considered for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, which will be announced during halftime of  Super Bowl XLV.

Owens was recognized for his community service. He has participated in more than 20 events in 2010.

He is one of the first players to express interest in team community relations initiatives and is a strong supporter of the Falcons “Play 60″ programs, children’s hospital visits and feeding the less fortunate of Atlanta.

For the past two years, Owens has purchased a generous amount of turkeys to support the annual Thanksgiving lunch at Crossroads Community Ministries, where players spend the morning feeding the homeless.

Additionally, Owens supported the Falcons 2nd Annual Dazzle and Dine event this year, which treated five breast cancer survivors to a day of pampering followed by a private dinner with Falcons players.

Tight end Justin Peelle, tackle Garrett Reynolds and defensive end Kroy Biermann were also up for the award.

In attendance were several past Atlanta Falcons man of the year winners, such as: wide receiver Terance Mathis, wide receiver Michael Haynes, center Jeff Van Note, running back William Andrews, linebacker Buddy Curry, kicker Morten Andersen, offensive tackle Todd Weiner, fullback Ovie Mughelli and wide receiver Brian Finneran.

Finneran, the 2009 Atlanta Falcons Man of the Year, announced Owens as the 2010 winner at the dinner.

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31 comments Add your comment

nickz

December 14th, 2010
11:05 am

PMC

December 14th, 2010
11:06 am

Congrats CO21!!!

E's Dirty Birds

December 14th, 2010
11:19 am

You da man Chris!! God Bless!

BigGAdawg

December 14th, 2010
11:21 am

Great job Mr. Owens.

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Chattanooga Chuck

December 14th, 2010
12:30 pm

Congratulations to a good guy.

joewhite

December 14th, 2010
12:34 pm

good job chris keep it up on the field and off.

dakotamiller

December 14th, 2010
12:36 pm

Congratz Co21! You deserved it brother , keep it up!

left coast Falcons Fan

December 14th, 2010
12:50 pm

Nice work Christopher!

Hey now

December 14th, 2010
1:08 pm

Good on ya Chris.

LA Dawg

December 14th, 2010
2:08 pm

Nice work, Chris…wonder if Eugene Robinson was there.

iron head

December 14th, 2010
2:10 pm

THATS WHAT FALCONS DO!!!!!!!!!!!!

C Owens

December 14th, 2010
2:19 pm

Thanks Folks, i appreciate it !!!

BIG AL

December 14th, 2010
2:29 pm

keep up the good work on n off the field,u the men

RGO67

December 14th, 2010
2:34 pm

Great Job C Owens!!!

Poor McKay

December 14th, 2010
3:17 pm

Good job by Owens and good to see previous winners participate in the announcement.

Frontman

December 14th, 2010
4:04 pm

Thanks, Christopher! You are making all of us proud!

birdmanatl

December 14th, 2010
4:19 pm

GOOD JOB CHRIS. YOU’RE MAKING ME PROUD AS A FALCON FAN SINCE 1908.

Lesa

December 14th, 2010
5:05 pm

Kudos to Christopher Owens. It is wonderful to hear nothing but good news about the players on my favorite team. Keep up the good work!

alanfalcon

December 14th, 2010
6:06 pm

Cograts to Chris, just another example of the type of atheletes that the Falcons are made of, its really nice that we as Falcon fans don’t have to put up with the problems that other fanchises do, only a minor bleep now and then, good thing is you don’t see it duplicated.

MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A FALCONS FAN.

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SawThat1nce

December 14th, 2010
6:20 pm

The Dogkiller Returns

December 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

Great honor for Owens. Meanwhile, when was the last time Alabama State won a game? Well, football is football, so congrats to the HBSU teams that won.

Have the Taints fans shown up yet?

The Dogkiller Returns

December 14th, 2010
8:26 pm

HBCU, I meant.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 14th, 2010
9:07 pm

While the debate rages on whether or not the Falcons are the best team in the NFL, the argument was settled before the season started, as far as I’m concerned, over which team has the better character. From the owner on down to the ball boys, the Falcons are the class of the NFL. That is one of the reasons for this season’s success.

Ga Falcons!!!

Jeff

December 14th, 2010
10:00 pm

You’re a good man Mr Owens!

Oldatl

December 14th, 2010
10:30 pm

Very inspirational. Keep up the good work.

eddie willers

December 15th, 2010
12:23 am

Good for him.

Mr. Blank has put together a winning team in all senses of the word.

Falcons Chic

December 15th, 2010
10:49 am

Not every O. is a jerk, right, C.O.? ‘Way to walk the walk! Thank you!

dave

December 15th, 2010
1:51 pm

Thanks from all of us Falcons fans, Chris.

Peter

December 15th, 2010
3:26 pm

Chris Owens, I admire you for what you do on the field. I RESPECT YOU AS A MAN FOR WHAT YOU DO OFF THE FIELD!

You make me proud to be a Falcon Fan, Thank you:)

jay wright

December 16th, 2010
4:45 pm