The Alaska Football League will soon honor one of its own.

On Oct. 4, the first Community Spirit Award will be presented. As the first of its kind for the league, it's been designed to acknowledge Kendric Tyler, 34, a former player with the Anchorage Bucs. 

While on vacation in Puerto Rico with his wife Kenyada in May, Tyler was shot during an attempted robbery. He stepped in front of her taking the bullet. A 16-year-old assailant was later arrested. 

Initially paralyzed from the neck down, he's since had movement in his arms and shoulders. After the shooting, he was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta. Kenyada came back to Anchorage in June to sell their possessions to help pay for expenses. 

The ceremony will take place during halftime of an AFL playoff game and will spotlight the player who's had the most positive impact on the community through attendance and participation.     

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