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.