Hometown Hero


Established in 1994, the Gridiron Gala has raised more than $28 million to help fund United Way of New York City’s impactful initiatives in strengthening the quality of early childhood education, reducing dropout rates and supporting at-risk youth in achieving academic success through the five boroughs of New York City. Each May, the United Way recognizes and honors a Hometown Hero at the Gala from the New York Jets who has made outstanding contributions to community service.

Winners (since 2006)

2006 – Shaun Ellis, DE

2007 – Jonathan Vilma, LB

2008 – Jerricho Cotchery, WR

2009 – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, OL

2010 – Dustin Keller, TE

2011 – Tony Richardson, FB

2012 – Brandon Moore, OL

2013 – Kyle Wilson, DB

2014 – Muhammad Wilkerson, DL

2015 – Quinton Coples, LB

2016 – Eric Decker, WR

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