Domonique Foxworth has created a foundation to serve teenage boys in Baltimore, taken kids from his own holiday party to a local bookstore, and helped raise funds to build a teen center in Denver.
So it's no surprise that the Ravens cornerback was honored Monday morning as the first recipient of the Tim Wheatley Award.
The Tim Wheatley Award, to be given annually, was created by the Baltimore Sun Media Group to honor a local athlete whose contributions off the field are as important as the ones on the field. Wheatley, Baltimore Sun sports editor from 2006 to 2009, was tragically killed in a car accident while driving his daughter, Sarah, to school on Oct. 5, 2009. Wheatley was a strong believer in community service.
After the morning session, Ron Fritz, head of sports at The Sun, and Beth Wheatley, along with sons David and Will and daughter Sarah, presented the award to Foxworth.
Foxworth, who owns a collection of civil rights memorabilia and was once the youngest player ever elected to serve on the NFL Players Association executive committee, created Baltimore BORN Inc., which provides lower-income middle- and high-school-age boys with the resources and network to succeed.
"I think there's a small group of people who have the kind of reach and impact that athletes have," Foxworth said. "It's a short period of time that we have, so while we have it, I think it's very important that we not only set a good example by the things we say and the things we do, but we actually do things. Not just behave in a way that we think we can be proud of, but to actually go out and put our hands on kids and put our hands in the community or whatever it is that we're passionate about because everyone has a particular passion. Whatever it is that drives you to contribute to improve that segment of society."
Foxworth tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Thursday and was placed on injured reserve by the Ravens on Sunday.
Ravens trade QB Beck
The team traded fourth-string quarterback John Beck to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Doug Dutch, who was on the Redskins' practice squad last season.
Beck was throwing passes to tight end Davon Drew and wide receiver Mark Clayton after Monday's morning session when general manager Ozzie Newsome grabbed him by his shoulder and informed him of the trade.
"This is a great team, so it's tough not to be a part of it," Beck said minutes after the Ravens officially announced the trade. "But at the same time, I'm very excited for the opportunity to go down there."
Beck will have a better shot at making the Redskins than the Ravens, who have Joe Flacco, Marc Bulger and Troy Smith on the roster.
"When you get traded, another team is saying, 'We want you,'" Beck said.
Beck was the No. 3 quarterback for all 16 games last season for the Ravens. He never threw a pass in a regular-season game.
Dutch, 24, is 5 feet 11 and 199 pounds and adds depth to the Ravens' injury-filled cornerback group.
Chris Carr and Walt Harris switched places Monday morning, with Carr missing practice for the first time this training camp and Harris returning for the first time since Saturday morning.
Carr is dealing with a lower back problem that has been plaguing him for the past two years. But he said the injury was not serious and planned to return Tuesday.
"Yeah, I'm fine," he said. "I had a little minor issue the past two training camps -- one in Tennessee and here -- with something in my back. I kind of tweak it and I really can't do anything for a little while, but then I'm fine. So I think I just need to get it realigned and once the inflammation goes down, I'll be fine."
Harris, a 15-year veteran, hadn't practiced since Saturday morning because of a sore Achilles tendon, and he said he is still not 100 percent. But with Carr joining Foxworth and Lardarius Webb (knee surgery) on the sideline Monday, Harris acknowledged that their absences may have accelerated his return.
"Well, I need to get out just to see how I feel anyway," he said. "At the same time, you want to help your compadres out as much as you can because you see them out there working."
Afterwards, both players played down the fracas. "We were just doing a little bit of talking," Heap said. "But hey, that happens when you're playing football."
Jones, who has played tight end, praised Heap, his former mentor. "Me and Todd are good friends," Jones said. "We're always talking. We were talking and laughing this morning before practice. Even after the goal-line drill was over, I went over and talked with him for a little bit. It was all laughs and giggles, man. It wasn't serious at all."
As a member of the 30-and-over club, 33-year-old quarterback Marc Bulger knew that he didn't have to practice on Monday. But he was on field, making sure he didn't miss anything. "As a quarterback, I think you realize that there's never an off day and you have to set an example," Bulger said. "This season, since I haven't really had an offseason, I think there's a lot I have to catch up on." ÃÂÃÂ The additions of Anquan Boldin, Donte' Stallworth and rookie David Reed might be interpreted as a wake-up call for the foursome of Demetrius Williams, Marcus Smith, Justin Harper and Eron Riley, but Derrick Mason said the young receivers are improving. "They're doing good," he said. "They're doing what the coaches have asked them to do. Go out there and play hard, make the play when it comes to you, and I think the good part about them is they have a good attitude about the situation that is in that receivers room. No one has any animosity. We're all out here trying to work, and those guys make us better because they're pushing each and every day. That's what you're supposed to have, guys below you pushing you to get better."
Baltimore Sun reporters Jamison Hensley, Peter Schmuck and Conor O'Neill contributed to this article.