Aaron Rodgers became only the second Packers player to have his colleagues from all 32 NFL teams vote him as the annual Bart Starr Award winner. Athletes in Action made the announcement yesterday. Only one NFL player receives the award each year, which gives recognition to a player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.
Rodgers will be honored during the 27th annual NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast. Rodgers won out over other finalists including Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark and Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
Rodgers has been one of the most charitable players in NFL locker rooms since being drafted by the Packers nine years ago. This fall he partnered with Raise Hope for Congo, speaking publicly about his desire to see an end to the conflict in that country. Rodgers is also an activist for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) fund, an organization working to cure childhood cancer and blood disorders. Together with Milwaukee attorney David Gruber, Rodgers created www.itsaaron.com to build awareness for organizations and people who are making a difference in their communities. Additionally, he has been involved with Young Life and the Make-A-Wish foundation, among many other projects.
The winner of the Bart Starr Award is voted on by NFL players and is named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr. The award honors the player who best exemplifies Starr’s commitment to family, teammates and the community.
Previous Bart Starr Award Winners
Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
London Fletcher - Washington Redskins
Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
Kurt Warner - Arizona Cardinals
Warrick Dunn - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LaDainian Tomlinson - San Diego Chargers
John Lynch - Denver Broncos
Curtis Martin - New York Jets
Troy Vincent - Buffalo Bills
Derrick Brooks -Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Trent Dilfer - Seattle Seahawks
Darren Woodson - Dallas Cowboys
Bruce Matthews - Tennessee Titans
Aeneas Williams -Arizona Cardinals
Irving Fryar - Philadelphia Eagles
Brent Jones - San Francisco 49ers
Darrell Green -Washington Redskins
Jackie Slater - St. Louis Rams
Cris Carter - Minnesota Vikings
Warren Moon - Houston/Seattle
Gill Byrd - San Diego Chargers
Reggie White - Green Bay Packers
Mike Singletary - Chicago Bears
Anthony Munoz - Cincinnati Bengals
Steve Largent - Seattle Seahawks