Alum Uses His Hands for Receiving and Giving

(Photo courtesy of Keith Allison.)

(Photo courtesy of Keith Allison.)

Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon made sports headlines recently when he logged his 500th career reception on October 2, 2016, in a game against the Cleveland Browns. In his freshman year at Norwich in 2004, he had 44 receptions for 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns. In 2005 the 6-foot, 211-lb. Garçon

Commemorative football presented to NU by Pierre Garçon, wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.

Commemorative football presented to NU by Pierre Garçon, wide receiver for the Washington Redskins.

transferred to Mount Union, where he averaged over 60 catches, 100 yards, and 15 touchdowns annually. Of Haitian descent, Garçon has made an even bigger impact off the field with the work he’s been doing in his family’s homeland. The island nation has been devastated over the past six years: first by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, then by last October’s Hurricane Matthew, which caused more than 1,000 deaths.

Garçon has traveled to Haiti to transport supplies, and has also started a foundation, Helping Hands, to bring education, health and community programs to the country. “I enjoy helping people,” he said, in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “That’s how I got to where I am.”

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