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    Rams’ Torry Holt to be Honored with “JB Award” for Community Service

    Rams’ Torry Holt to be Honored with “JB Award” for Community Service
    Thursday, March 30, 2006

    On Tuesday, April 18, James Brown, who is returning to CBS Sports as host of “THE NFL TODAY,” along with Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post and ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” will honor some of the NFL’s biggest heroes at the NFL Players Gridiron Gala featuring the JB Awards, an annual awards presentation that benefits Special Olympics D.C. For the third consecutive year, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and PLAYERS INC have partnered with Brown to recognize NFL players for their individual contributions to their communities with the JB Awards.

    “I am privileged to once again join efforts with the NFLPA and PLAYERS INC in their annual tradition of honoring NFL players for their off-the-field achievements,” said Brown. “Bringing together these positive role models for a benefit that makes a difference in the lives of the courageous men, women and children of Special Olympics DC is an honor.”

    JB Award recipients were nominated by their teammates upon the end of the season for their commitment to achieve excellence off the field through building better communities and stronger families. Out of the 32 players nominated (one per team), Brown personally selected the following 10 players to receive a JB Award: Willie Anderson (Cincinnati Bengals), Warrick Dunn (Atlanta Falcons), Joey Harrington (Detroit Lions), Torry Holt (St. Louis Rams), Kevin Mawae (Tennessee Titans), Steve McNair (Tennessee Titans), Shelton Quarles (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Amani Toomer (New York Giants), Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals), and Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys).

    Other JB Awards honorees include Mark Brunell (Washington Redskins) – Perseverance; Ernie Conwell (New Orleans Saints) – Act of Kindness; Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers) – Courage; Darrell Green (former Washington Redskin) – Lifetime Achievement; Joe Horn (New Orleans Saints) – Act of Kindness; Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens) – Empowering Youth; and the late Wellington Mara and Robert Tisch (New York Giants’ President/Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman/Co-Chief Executive Officer) – Executive Leadership.

    The surprise of the evening will be the presentation of the prestigious 40th annual Byron “Whizzer” White Award, chosen from among the 10 JB award winners (listed in the paragraph above) by an independent, celebrity panel of judges, including Ted Leonsis, Vice Chairman of America Online, Inc. and President of AOL Core Service, Rich Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Richard Weiss, Publisher of SportsBusiness Journal. The “Whizzer” White Award is presented annually to the player who serves his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White. The late Supreme Court Justice was a scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant – the personification of the ideal to which professional football players aspire.

    “The recipients of these prestigious awards are a small representation of the hundreds of NFL players who donate their time, energy and resources to give back to their communities. They are leaders in the locker room and role models for our youth,” said Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association.

    On the same day as the gala at 10am, NFL Players will team up with Special Olympians for the annual charity basketball game. The game will be at 10am on Tuesday, April 18, at George Washington University’s Charles E. Smith Center and is free and open to the public.

    Last fall, PLAYERS INC created a host committee of local business leaders to collectively strengthen the efforts of the gala in hopes of raising additional funds to more than $1 million raised from the event over the past 10 years. To purchase a table of 10 for $5,000, please call 202-496-2893. For further information, visit

    The gala and surrounding activities will be filmed for a one-hour television special set to air in August on FSN. Reebok is the presenting sponsor of the NFL Players Gridiron Gala, which is also sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers and America Online.

    Since the awards banquet was founded in 1972, the NFLPA and PLAYERS INC have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to several worthy causes and Special Olympics D.C. has benefited from the event for 11 consecutive years.

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    Good Job Torry Holt! Your a great person on and off the field......

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    There are some good guys on that list.

    Good going Torry. You are in good company. :up:


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