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Lions' Drew Stanton honored for community work

Quarterback Drew Stanton is a busy man and the Lions have rewarded him by naming him the Robert Porcher Man of the Year to recognize his community service.

He is one of 32 finalists, one from each team, who receivers $1,000 for his foundation and is a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Stanton played in high school at Farmington Hills Harrison and then went to Michigan State.

In his fifth season in the NFL and with the Lions, he has established the High 5ive Foundation to support programs at Special Olympics and Children’s Miracle Network. He’s been involved in both since playing at MSU.

Stanton donates 40 tickets for every Lions' home game through the Lions' CATS (Caring Athletes Ticket Service) for Kids program. He’s also involved in the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

In 2010 and again in 2011, the High 5ive Foundation assisted Orchards Children's Services over the holidays. He also hosted the 2010 and 2011 Cystic Fibrosis Golf Outing in Michigan to help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. He and his foundation ran the tournament in Lansing raising more than $50,000 a year.

Stanton, his wife and family continue to serve Thanksgiving dinner at the Detroit Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving Day following the Lions' annual Thanksgiving Day game.

He’s heavily involved in the Lions’ team community activities too.

The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced live on FOX before Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.

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