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NFLPA names five finalists for Byron “Whizzer” White Award

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Every year, the NFL Players Association recognizes one of its members with the Byron “Whizzer” White Award.   Named for the late Supreme Court Justice who played for the Steelers (known at the time as the Pirates) and Lions before becoming an intelligence officer in World War II, the award recognizes one player based on community service performed in their team cities and hometowns.

This year’s finalists are Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Browns tight end Benjamin Watson, and Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

Witten is also a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

The winner of the Byron “Whizzer” White Award will receive $100,000 for his charity; all finalists will receive a donation for their charities as well.

The winner of the Byron “Whizzer” White Award will be announced during Super Bowl week, at the NFLPA’s annual press conference.

Justice White was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and served until 1993.  Justice White died in 2002, at age 84.

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9 Responses to “NFLPA names five finalists for Byron “Whizzer” White Award”
  1. freedomispopular says: Jan 23, 2013 7:24 PM

    This sounds like something Onterrio Smith should have gotten.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Jan 23, 2013 7:32 PM

    This means I lost my Suh bet.

  3. rockthered1286 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:03 PM

    Headline should’ve read “Cleveland Browns player may win award.” Probably would’ve drawn more hits out of shock value alone.

  4. brazin99 says: Jan 23, 2013 8:12 PM

    Russell Wilson will win it before too long. The guy and his wife do a lot already for the community.

  5. davetexansfan says: Jan 23, 2013 10:05 PM

    How come Andre Johnson never gets any love? He does so many d@mn things for the community and just because he doesn’t go out bragging about it and make it a big deal, he get’s nothing. Just saying.

  6. pbenner13 says: Jan 23, 2013 11:25 PM

    Congratulations Charlie Batch for being recognized. Charlie is an average NFL QB, but a first-class human being.

  7. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 24, 2013 1:29 AM

    It would be really nice for the fans and the NFL if we knew what each player did to become a finalist.

    It would be nice to see what the decision makers (who are they by the way) for the Byron Whizzer White award seem to value as community service and what activities carry no weight with them at all.

    Such a list might inspire readers of this blog, others, and even players on other teams to do similar works in their communities.

    It would provide a nice change of pace from the stories about foolish players who get arrested or otherwise represent the NFL poorly.

  8. Deb says: Jan 24, 2013 1:39 AM

    Congrats to all the nominees, especially to our Charlie Batch. Signing Charlie as a backup QB was one of the best moves the Steelers ever made, and I hope he finds a place on the offensive coaching staff after retiring.

  9. pabrownsfan says: Jan 24, 2013 10:47 AM

    As a Browns fan living Pa. i know for a fact Charlie Batch has done a lot for some of the less fortuate around Pittsburgh but you never hear from the media. Its only when a player screws up that we hear things. Kudos to him and all nominated!

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