Remember when all the anonymous draft experts told us Kayvon Thibodeaux had character issues?

The New York Giants’ rookie defender spent his day off on Tuesday volunteering at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey with his mother and some close friends helping pack boxes as part of the ‘Chunky Sacks Hunger’ program. Thibodeaux packed cans of soup and then hung around to sign autographs.

The program was recently launched by Campbell’s — a longtime partner for the NFL — aimed at helping to “fight food insecurity and donate one million meals to people in need.”

“I do see myself as a voice and I want to be influential for the younger generation and fans to come,” Thibodeaux told’s Art Stapleton. “I want to make a statement in the community that you’re never too big for any program, never bigger than any team, so always count your blessings and be humble. The fact that any of this can be taken away on any day, and for me, I want to continue being a light for others and inspiring.”

The Giants are off to a 3-1 start, most recently beating the Chicago Bears. Thibodeaux missed the first two games of the season but has returned to the field for the last two, recording four tackles, a pass breakup, and a fumble recovery. The Giants play Green Bay in London on Sunday.