NFC South: Bart Starr Award
Voted on by players around the league, the award is designed to honor a player who exhibits outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.
We all know that Brees has made a huge impact on the New Orleans area since arriving as a free agent in 2006, and his accomplishments on the field speak for themselves. Some past winners of this award are Warrick Dunn, Reggie White, Anthony Munoz and Kurt Warner.
Brees will be given the award Feb. 5 at an event leading up to the Super Bowl.
Here’s a look at the headlines:
- The agent for Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers said he’s waiting for the Panthers to state their intentions for his client. I’ll tell you right now how this is going to play out: well, at least the first part of it. The Panthers aren’t going to let Peppers just walk, and I seriously doubt they’re going to try to wrap him up with a long-term contract with so much uncertainty about the labor agreement. They’ll place the franchise tag on him in February for the second straight year. After that, we’ll have to wait and see. But I’m thinking the Panthers may try to trade Peppers before they have to pay him $20 million as a franchise player for next season.
- New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is one of three finalists for the Bart Starr Award. The winner will be announced in February.
- The Buccaneers signed all eight of the players who finished the season on their practice squad to future contracts.
- The Bucs are spending some time breaking down the track record of their college scouts. From what I’ve heard, you can expect to hear at some point in the near future of some additions to the scouting department.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Two of the three finalists for the prestigious Bart Starr Award are from the NFC South.
Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees are finalists along with Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner. The award honors a player for exemplary character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. It's no surprise any of the three are finalists because Dunn, Brees and Warner have been very active in the community throughout their careers.
Dunn, a Louisiana native, and Brees have been particularly active in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.
The winner of the award will be announced Jan. 31 at the Athletes in Action Super Bowl breakfast at the Sun Dome in Tampa.