Payton Award goes to Witten4:54 pm | February 3, 2013
from staff reports
NEW ORLEANS — Jason Witten, an 8-time Pro Bowl tight end with the Dallas Cowboys and former Elizabethton HIgh/University of Tennessee star, received the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on Saturday for his commitment to community service.
A pair of six-time Pro Bowlers — Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald — were the other finalists.
The Payton Award is based on a combination of a player’s on-field accomplishments and his community service.
Witten’s SCORE Foundation has created outreach programs and funded projects for victims of domestic abuse in Texas and his native Tennessee. He has been involved in additional charitable causes, and has hosted a popular youth football camp in Elizabethton throughout his career.
A special story on Witten will appear in the Sunday, Feb. 10 edition of the Elizabethton Star