Archive for January 30, 2008
Just over 25 hours before Super Bowl XXXIX got underway, players from around the NFL gathered for an awards program — and to remember the late Reggie White — at the 18th annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast.
About 1,500 fans and players turned up at the NFL headquarters hotel for the breakfast, where Buffalo cornerback Troy Vincent, in absentia, received the Bart Starr Award presented by the former Green Bay Packers legend himself.
Vincent, honored for his outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community, is the NFL Players Association president and a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He was unable to attend because of the death of his father.
Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter accepted the award for his good friend Vincent.
“I talked with Troy this morning and for players in the NFL, this is one of the awards we want to win. We want to be in this game, we want to win this award, but mainly we want to make a difference,” Carter said.
The highlight of NFL-sanctioned gathering was an emotional tribute to former Green Bay and Philadelphia defensive tackle Reggie White, a former Bart Starr award winner, who died on Dec. 26. (more…)
When Benjamin Watson was barely 4 years old, already having mastered the proper technique for a three-point football stance, he tugged earnestly at his father’s sleeve.
“Dad,” he said. “Can you put me in the closet?”
“Why, son? Why should I do that?” his father, pastor Ken Watson, responded.
“So you can announce my name,” Benjamin answered. “So I can run onto the football field.”
And so began a family ritual. Young Benjamin, crammed in with the coats, would patiently wait as his father declared in a booming voice, “Now, starting at running back for the Washington Redskins, No. 45, Benjamin Watson . . . ” (more…)