Drew Brees Wins AIA's 2011 Bart Starr Award

NFL players vote and award Saints' quarterback for his community work.

By Jess Fong   |  7 February 2011
image-bart-starr-with-drew-brees-465x280 Named after Bart Starr, above left, The Bart Starr Award was created to honor the NFL player who best exemplifies Starr's outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. Photo by Linda Morgan

On and off-field, Drew Brees is an impressive figure.

Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Brees has a well-recognized career, including 5 Pro Bowls.

However, it is the commitment Brees makes to his family, community and teammates, which has made him the winner of the 2011 Bart Starr Award.

The Bart Starr Award was created to honor the NFL player who best exemplifies Starr’s outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.

The winner of the Bart Starr Award, along with the Pro Bowl, are the only 2 individual honors selected by NFL players themselves.

Bart Starr presented the award to Brees at the 24th annual NFL-sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast on Saturday, hosted by Athletes in Action.

Athletes in Action has hosted this signature event of Super Bowl week in the game's host city every year since 1988, drawing sellout crowds to hear from some of the games’ biggest names.

The 2010 Bart Starr winner was Kurt Warner formerly of the Arizona Cardinals.

“I am honored to receive the Bart Starr Award,” says Brees. “To be mentioned among the impressive list of past recipients of this honor is both humbling and exciting.”

Other 2011 finalists for the award included Donald Driver of the Green Bay Packers and Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys.

Brees has strived to be a role model both on and off the field. He and his wife, Brittany, established the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 and since then have committed or contributed over $6 million to help advance cancer research, as well as provide care, education and opportunities for children in need.