The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year finalists stand on the stage with members of Walter Payton's family during a Super Bowl news conference Friday at the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans. They are, from left, Brittney Payton, Jarret Payton,
NEW ORLEANS — Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was honored Friday morning with the 2013 Bart Starr Award, which recognizes one NFL player for outstanding character and leadership at home, on the field and in the community.
According to a story on the Cowboys’ official site, the award is voted on by NFL players at the end of the season and honors the player who best exemplifies NFL Hall of Famer Bart Starr’s commitment to family, teammates and the community. It’s one of only two individual honors selected by the players themselves.
Witten was presented with the award at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
The Elizabethton native’s SCORE foundation supports a variety of outreach programs and building projects in Texas and Tennessee, while placing trained male mentors in battered women’s shelters throughout Texas. 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.
Witten is also a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, along with Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Cleveland's Joe Thomas.