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Gary Barnidge reacts to winning Browns 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year

On being named the Browns 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient:

"It is great. I appreciate all the teammates that voted. It is great. It is something that I don't think a lot of guys take to heart, and that is something that I do. I think we are in a position where we can give back to so many people. Smile at somebody, saying hey to somebody or signing an autograph, anything like that can change their outlook on life or their day. You never know the impact you can have on somebody. That is something that is dear and true to me."

On if his success on the field has drawn attention to the good work he does off of it:

"I think it really has. I know it has brought a lot of attention to my non-profit, American Football Without Barriers. I know that has gotten a lot more attention since everything has been going on on the field. I am more appreciative of that than anything. I don't do it for the recognition. I just do it to give back. I don't care if anyone knows about it. I would rather it be something where I can just give back. I don't need recognition or anything like that because it is not what I am doing it for."

On how far in advance he plans the countries to visit with American Football Without Barriers:

"We are about to announce [this year's location] in the next week or so. We talk over the summer with different countries and we decide where we are going to go and where is best for everything. Then we figure everything out during the season and then we usually announce it towards November or December."

On if there is one experience that stands out with his non-profit:

"We went to Turkey last year, and we did something that is not known in Turkey – we did a women's camp. We put women on the field at the same time as men. That is not something they do over there. We thought it was something that they deserve the same opportunity that we deserve. We had them competing with the boys. They were amazing. It was crazy. I think a lot of people don't know how many other countries have football programs already set up. When we went to China, our first year there were only six teams. Since we left only two years ago, they have 14 teams now. In the two years since we left, they have doubled how many teams they have playing. That is a great thing. That is what we want to do. We want to build from the ground up. We don't want to be a viewer. We don't want people just watching. We want people playing the sport and enjoying it like we do."

On where he gets the equipment for his non-profit:

"We try to get some from our colleges. We get other players from other teams, everyone I went to college with, obviously, we get guys from their colleges and then we also get stuff from our high schools and we donate stuff. We buy stuff, as well. Our overall goal is that we want to get these kids an opportunity to come here and get a scholarship. We brought two kids over from China, and one of them was offered a scholarship on the spot at (Steelers RB) DeAngelo Williams' football camp. He turned it down because he wants to go to Stanford for school. That is what we want. They don't recruit for football internationally. They do for basketball and baseball and other sports, but they don't for football. We are trying to break that trend."

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