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.