Daily Sports Smile: Former NFL linebacker Lorenzo Alexander making positive impact in Arizona community

Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (57) warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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Former NFL linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is making a difference in the local Arizona community. Alexander is leading the charge through his ACES foundation that inspires and educates youth on and off the gridiron.

Alexander has uplifted youth through his flag football program in Arcadia. The local league is home to 270 kids from 5 to 12 years old. The kids learn to take pride in their community and receive mentors through ACES to create positive change.

Arizona Republic reporter Richard Obert shared an in-depth look at Alexander's work in the community.

“We have a lot of great volunteer coaches, dads and moms, stepping up and do a good job of having the right perspective of what flag football is all about,” Alexander told Obert. “It's really helped me pay it forward by serving them.”

The kids play in the Arcadia NFL Flag League. Alexander coaches his two sons as they learn about football and their local community.

Alexander and his foundation also have more community events planned. 

The ACES foundation has partnerships with local organizations to help provide warm meals for those in need. There is a food drive that is set up at different locations in preparation for Thanksgiving next month.

“I want to be able to bring those resources and relationships together to then impact communities that I care about,” Alexander said. “South Phoenix is near and dear to my heart. Arcadia is, because that is where I live. I know a lot of the families, the people. And just try to be a gap-filler where I may see an issue.”

“I feel I have a lot to offer in a supportive role in the community.”

Alexander was a two-time Pro Bowler during a 13-year NFL career. He starred with the Buffalo Bills, Washington Football Team, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders. He appeared in 191 career games and recorded 472 tackles, 33 sacks and 12 forced fumbles.