Jason Witten earns Bart Starr Award

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) warms up with teammate running back DeMarco Murray (29) before an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) warms up with teammate running back DeMarco Murray (29) before an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Dallas 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 the former University of Tennessee standout 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, 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 also has 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 Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.

In December, Witten won the Good Guy Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America for outstanding cooperation with the media.

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Comments » 7

govolsdid writes:

I am from Bristol Va. not far from Jasons home town of Elizabethtown Tn. We are all very proud of you from this region. This area has produced two of the NFLs best tight ends (Heath Miller Honaker Va.) GO VOLS

huntined#565710 writes:

BETSY TOWN boy doing good!!!

Dickattrade writes:

What a wonderful award for a great person.Very much deserved. As a Johnson County native,I love to see local folks do well in thie world.
I will pull for the Cowboys as long as you are a member of the team. Also am a Denver fan since Peyton is there.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

A VOL to be proud of!

BetsyVol writes:

I got into trouble because of Witten when Dallas played Cincinnati up here. My girlfriend is a huge Bengals fan. Couldn't help myself whenever Jason had a big play... When one of your hometown boys does well, you have to cheer. Jason is an example of what a professional athlete should be. Excellent both on and off the field. Elizabethton and the Vol Nation should be proud of him.

1bigvolman writes:

I've never been a Cowboy fan, but for the last few years I pull for them just because of Witten. I'm from West Tn and as a Vol fan, I'm very proud Jason Witten is one of our own!

Olddogsrule writes:

What an excellent example Jason is for all athletes!! Loved to watch him as a Vol, and love to watch him as a Cowboy. But the most important things he's doing are off the field in others' lives. Way to go Jason! A true Volunteer!

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