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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Brackett wins PFW humanitarian award

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Congratulations are in order for Colts linebacker Gary Brackett.

  Brackett

He's won the 11th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award, a Pro Football Weekly honor presented to an NFL player whose contributions to the community and charitable organizations are especially outstanding.

Brackett won the award over finalists Chris Draft of St. Louis, Israel Idonije of Chicago, David Thornton of Tennessee and Jason Witten of Dallas.

From PFW's news release:

Through his IMPACT Foundation, Brackett has turned the tragic loss of his brother into a relentless quest to provide resources and unique opportunities for children and families affected by pediatric cancer. By continuously offering a number of programs through the foundation, Brackett is helping to spread his contagious, undying message of eternal optimism to those who need it the most.

Despite the time and effort he puts in with the IMPACT Foundation, he still makes room to take part in a plethora of other community service activities throughout the country. It is for his off-the-field work and his embodiment of the cliché 'triumph over tragedy' that he earned this year's award.

The other nominees for the award included Vonta Leach of Houston and Tony Pashos of Jacksonville.