Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is getting the Bart Starr Award, presented by Athletes in Action to an NFL player for “outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.”
The award is voted on by NFL players. It will be presented to Witten during the Super Bowl Breakfast on Feb. 1 in New Orleans.
Previous winners include London Fletcher, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie White and Mike Singletary.
In making the announcement on Tuesday, Athletes in Action noted Witten’s accomplishments:
“In his 10th season in the NFL, Witten has been active in numerous charitable projects,” the organization said in a release. “He founded Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation, which supports a variety of outreach programs and building projects in Texas and his native Tennessee. Specifically, the Jason Witten SCOREkeepers program places trained male mentors in battered women’s shelters throughout Texas. In an effort to break the cycle of domestic violence, the mentors demonstrate positive male behavior for the children living in these shelters. Witten has also been involved in the Children’s Cancer Fund Fashion Show, NFL Play 60, Boys and Girls Club of America and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, among many other projects.”
The finalists for the award this year were Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.
In December, Witten won the Good Guy Award from the DFW chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America for outstanding cooperation with the media.
-- Carlos Mendez