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Release Date: Friday, November 22, 2013 6:20 PM
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Former Bison and Current NFL Standout Antoine Bethea Named Colts' Man of the Year

WASHINGTON, DC (November 22, 2013) - Howard University alumnus and current Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (BA ’11) was recently named “Colts Man of the Year” for his commitment to community service and his leadership on and off the field.

Bethea was presented with a commemorative plaque and football by Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Antoine embodies everything this team is about. He is a tremendous player and continues to provide veteran leadership in our locker room and in the community,” said Coach Pagano. “We are thrilled to present Antoine with our “Man of the Year Award” in appreciation for everything he’s done, and continues to do, for this team and this community.”

Bethea is alsoin the running for the NFL’s “Walter Payton Man of the Year Award,” the highest distinction an NFL player can receive for his efforts both on and off the field. The award is named in honor of the late Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton.

“Just want to say I’m really honored to be chosen as the ‘Colts Man of The Year’,” Bethea said. “There’s a lot of guys in this locker room and in this organization that do a lot for the community and for this organization, so for me to be named, it’s most definitely an honor and a blessing to be in a position to give back .”

The two-time All Pro safety has made two appearances in the Super Bowl and is known as one of the team’s defensive leaders. While at Howard, Bethea set multiple records and was honored numerous times, including being selected for the Sheridan Broadcasting Network Black College All-American Team.

True to the Howard motto “Truth and Service,” Bethea is dedicated to serving his community and encouraging young people to excel. He established the Safe Coverage Foundation with a commitment to providing access and resources for students to achieve their dreams of a higher education.

Each year, Bethea sponsors the Elite High School Exposure Camp, which prepares student athletes for the transition to the collegiate level, on the field and in the classroom. In addition to learning key fundamentals and position-specific techniques, campers have the opportunity to perform in front of top collegiate coaches and participate in a SAT prep course and mentoring sessions.

In 2011, Bethea earned a degree in Administration of Justice at Howard.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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