Shaquille Leonard may no longer be a member of the Indianapolis Colts, but he’s still committed to supporting those in need across the city of Indianapolis. On Tuesday, November 21, Leonard hosted a turkey giveaway in the city and aided approximately 200 families in the process.
Leonard’s turkey giveaway coincides with the Indianapolis Colts’ decision to cut ties with the linebacker. The three-time first-team All-Pro selection spent his first four seasons in Indianapolis before undergoing surgery to repair a nerve issue. Throughout his recovery, the Colts made changes to its defensive coaching staff. Upon his return, Leonard did not find a consistent place within the team’s new defensive unit and was listed as inactive heading into the team’s upcoming showdown with the Buccaneers. Shortly thereafter, he was informed that he’d be let go after spending his first six seasons with the Colts.
“When I found out today, I was heartbroken,” Leonard told FOX affiliate, WXIN.
“But then I realized that I still had the turkey drive. And just seeing the fans, for one, on social media just giving love and now, when I came out here, just seeing the smiles on their faces — that brings joy to me.”