By Chick Ludwig | Thursday, July 9, 2009, 08:00 AM
It won’t be decided until late this year, but Cincinnati Bengals placekicker Shayne Graham deserves the 2009 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award,
Through his foundation, Graham is providing all former NFL players and coaches in the Greater Cincinnati area — and their spouses — a free package of health services, which include:
• A comprehensive health screening.
• Follow-up health coaching.
• A membership to a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The Shayne Graham Foundation has chosen Mercy Health Partners to provide the health care services.
Graham and former Bengals Anthony Munoz and Jim Breech will announce the program at a Wednesday, July 15, news conference.
Then the trio will greet former players and their spouses at a reception at the Mercy Fairfield HealthPlex at 6:30 p.m. that day.
At the reception, Bengals alumni will get more details about the health screenings and be able to schedule them. They’ll also be able to sign up for HealthPlex membership and take a tour of the Mercy Fairfield HealthPlex. Mercy also has HealthPlexes in Anderson and Western Hills.
Mercy-affiliated physicians, personal training staff and health coaches will also be on hand to answers questions.
IN SHAYNE GRAHAM’S WORDS:
“Like most current players in the National Football League, I consider myself fortunate to have had a range of opportunities made available to me. I realize, however, that none of this would have been possible without the work and sacrifice of former players and coaches such as you who have paved the way for whatever success I and many others have enjoyed.
“Because of the debt I owe to retired players and coaches, I want to give something to all former NFL players and coaches in the Greater Cincinnati area. Through my foundation, we are going to provide you and your spouse a free package of health services which could prove life-saving.
“Remember — all of this is provided to you at no cost by my foundation. It’s my way of saying thanks to all that you have meant to the game.”