Benjamin Watson Selected for Bart Starr Award


Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is again being recognized for his work away from the football field.

The veteran has been selected as this year's recipient of the Bart Starr Award, which is given to an NFL player who "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community."

Watson received a phone call Thursday morning from Starr's wife, Cherry, informing him that he won the award. Starr, the former quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, is a Hall of Famer and was the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowls I and II.

"As Bart Starr has exemplified, there is nothing more important and lasting than a man's character," Watson said. "I am incredibly humbled and honored to receive this award in his name. Through football, family and faith, my desire is to leave a legacy that lasts beyond the game. To this end, I am incredibly grateful for the Starr family and the enduring example they continue to set."

Watson will be presented with the award during a breakfast in Minneapolis the day before this year's Super Bowl. Past recipients of the award include Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Jason Witten, Kurt Warner and Cris Carter.

"It's about character and leadership on the field and in the community, and you have certainly exhibited that," Cherry told Watson Thursday.

Watson has been a shining example in the community throughout his career. Last offseason, he took a three-day trip to Lebanon to spend time with people in refugee camps. He also hosted a variety of events during the holiday season and his One More Foundation has benefited countless people in need.

Watson has also been selected as the Ravens' recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and the Ed Block Courage Award.

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