Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch won the 2013 Byron “Whizzer” White award, the NFL Players Association announced Thursday during a news conference in New Orleans.
Browns tight end Benjamin Watson was one of five finalists for the award, which recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten were the other finalists.
The professional football players of America established the award and named it after Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White because of his role as a humanitarian and public servant. The NFLPA annually presents the honor.
All finalists will receive donations for a charity of their choice, and Batch will receive an additional $100,000 for his charity. He chose the Batch Foundation, which focuses on providing after-school programs, scholarships and resources for students in financially challenged communities.