Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields, a 2002 St. John's Jesuit graduate, has been nominated for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, annually bestowed to honor a player's volunteer and charity work as well as excellence on the field.
Fields, along with his wife Katie, created the Brandon and Katie Fields Youth Fitness Fund in 2010. With a focus on health, fitness, and a positive attitude, the mission of the Brandon and Katie Fields Youth Fitness Fund is to promote physical activity and good health to children in the community.
Fields can often be found on his off days during the NFL season volunteering with children and speaking at schools.
For the last three summers, Fields has also returned to St. John's to put on a football and cheerleading camp, as well as starting a fitness camp. Recently, the Fields partnered with Broward Health to start the "Fields Fitness Fest" in South Florida.
Fields has been one of the top punters in the NFL since joining the Dolphins in 2007. This season, Fields ranks first in the AFC and second in the NFL in punting average with 50.3 yards per punt.