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Bart Starr Award

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The Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award is given annually to a National Football League (NFL) player who "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community." Nominees are gathered from the public relations directors of each NFL team, the past winners of the award, the Athletes in Action Pro Staff working with NFL teams, and, before his death, Bart Starr himself. Ballots are sent to each team and voting takes place at the same time as the Pro Bowl selections. The votes are tabulated and the winner is announced at the annual Super Bowl Breakfast, an NFL-sanctioned event hosted by Athletes in Action, the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. The award, bearing the name of Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr, honors his lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates, and community.


Year[a] Player Position Team References
1989 Steve Largent Wide receiver Seattle Seahawks [1]
1990 Anthony Muñoz Offensive tackle Cincinnati Bengals
1991 Mike Singletary Linebacker Chicago Bears
1992 Reggie White Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles
1993 Gill Byrd Cornerback San Diego Chargers
1994 Warren Moon Quarterback Houston Oilers
1995 Cris Carter Wide receiver Minnesota Vikings
1996 Jackie Slater Offensive tackle St. Louis Rams
1997 Darrell Green Cornerback Washington Redskins
1998 Irving Fryar
Brent Jones
Wide receiver
Tight end
Philadelphia Eagles
San Francisco 49ers
1999 Eugene Robinson[b] Safety Atlanta Falcons
2000 Aeneas Williams Cornerback Arizona Cardinals
2001 Bruce Matthews Offensive tackle Tennessee Titans
2002 Darren Woodson Safety Dallas Cowboys
2003 Trent Dilfer Quarterback Seattle Seahawks
2004 Derrick Brooks Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 Troy Vincent Cornerback Buffalo Bills
2006 Curtis Martin Running back New York Jets
2007 John Lynch Safety Denver Broncos
2008 LaDainian Tomlinson Running back San Diego Chargers
2009 Warrick Dunn Running back Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2010 Kurt Warner Quarterback Arizona Cardinals
2011 Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints [2]
2012 London Fletcher Linebacker Washington Redskins [3]
2013 Jason Witten Tight end Dallas Cowboys
2014 Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Green Bay Packers [4]
2015 Peyton Manning Quarterback Denver Broncos [5]
2016 Thomas Davis Linebacker Carolina Panthers [6]
2017 Matthew Slater Wide receiver New England Patriots [7]
2018 Benjamin Watson Tight end Baltimore Ravens
2019 Calais Campbell Defensive end Jacksonville Jaguars [8]
2020 Eli Manning Quarterback New York Giants [9]
2021 Demario Davis Linebacker New Orleans Saints [10]


  • a Winners are listed by year awarded in given not the season. For example, 2015 winner Peyton Manning was given the award after the 2014 NFL season.
  • b Atlanta Falcons safety Eugene Robinson won the award for the 1998 NFL season, but was arrested the very same evening he received the award in Miami, Florida for soliciting a female undercover police officer posing as a prostitute. This occurred on the eve of the Falcons' game against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. Robinson agreed to return the award.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Steve Largent – 1989 Award Winner". Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  2. ^ "Saints QB Drew Brees to receive Bart Starr Award for leadership in the NFL and community". Retrieved 2011-01-20.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "'Skins London Fletcher nabs Bart Starr Award for character, leadership". Archived from the original on 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2014-02-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-01-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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