FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko was awarded with the 2012 Ron Burton Community Service Award on Monday night at the team's annual charitable foundation kickoff gala.
The award, in the name of former Patriots running back Ron Burton, is given annually to a player who models Burton's impact in the community.
"Zoltan is one of the best punters in the league, but he may be the league’s current MVP for his contributions in the community,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “In the 18 years since we established the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, perhaps no player has accomplished more in the community in such a short amount of time."
The third-year punter said he was humbled by the award.
"The Kraft family, I can't thank them enough for putting forth that platform for us to be able to serve the community and make a positive difference," Mesko said.
Mesko becomes the 10th player to receive the award. Past winners are: Joe Andruzzi (2003), Troy Brown (2004), Matt Light (2005), Jarvis Green (2006), Ty Warren (2007), Larry Izzo (2008), Kevin Faulk (2009), Vince Wilfork (2010) and Jerod Mayo (2011).