More than a year has passed since Clayton Geathers last took an NFL field.
In that time, however, the Indianapolis Colts safety and former Carvers Bay standout has done more than twiddle his fingers.
A regular presence in his new hometown as well as his old one, Geathers has committed time and money to ensuring both are adequately suited for life — both now and later. For such efforts, he was selected by teammates as the Colts’ recipient of the 2017 Ed Block Courage Award.
“Geathers has maintained a strong presence in the Indianapolis community,” a prepared statement said. “He has participated in numerous community events specializing in assisting underserved families and children.”
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Geathers is in his third season with Indianapolis, a fourth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has played in 24 games, racking up 91 total tackles and causing a fumble.
A neck injury suffered last November against Tennessee has left him unable to suit up for the Colts’ first 10 games. He is expected to return to action this Sunday against the Titans.
Though eager to get back to the field, his hands have been full in other ways.
Geathers has offered assistance in the Indianapolis area by assisting with the construction of a playground and packing meals for the Million Meal Marathon. Also, he packed backpacks with food for students and volunteered for the Colts’ “Cold Feet, Warm Shoes” event, where he fitted students with new shoes and hats.
Last week, he was back in the local area for two days to speak to Georgetown County youths.
A player from each of the NFL’s 32 clubs is selected for the award. Each of them will be recognized at a league banquet in March.