Vanderbilt kicker honored for off-the-field volunteer work
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
It's his work ethic and drive that led Carey Spear's teammates to vote him team captain for Vanderbilt University's football team three years in a row.
The 22-year-old is the team's first three-year captain in the team's history, which is unheard of for a kicker.
Spear thrives on giving back to his teammates, the community and anyone less fortunate.
"To have my teammates kind of see that in me is an honor and a blessing, and very humbling," he told News 2.
He said Brother Brown, their chaplain, talks about how when someone is on a platform, they don't have the option to be a role model; they just are, no matter what they do.
That mindset has earned Spear one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.
He is one of 11 Division I players in the country to be named to the All State Good Works team, which includes 22 players in all.
"It's a gift and it's a blessing. Like, I don't have to do community service, I get to do community service. Just getting to serve those kids and other people, throughout Nashville and anywhere I can possibly do that," Spear said.
Since his freshman year, he has bypassed the average spring break in favor of serving others on mission trips.
"I've been to Mexico, Haiti, and Peru with ministries, just to serve those less privileged than we are, and you kind of just gain a huge perspective, and a huge love for these people who don't have much but are just so happy," Spear explained.
He added it builds him up and creates a passion for serving.
Spear said his faith as a Christian and Christian student-athlete is to do everything for glory of God.
"Serving others for Him, playing football for Him, because it's more than just me. It's more than just Vanderbilt," he explained.