[caption id="attachment_6545" align="alignnone" width="213"] Via Getty Images[/caption]The NFL Players Association announced yesterday their five finalists for the Byron "Whizzer" White Man of the Year Award. The Byron White award honors players for their work both in the community and on the field.Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is known for his play on the football field but others know him for his countless community work in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area.
Jason Witten is also a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.The other finalists for this award are Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Browns tight end Benjamin Watson, Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, and Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway.The winner of the award will get $100,000 for their charity. Below is the list of previous winners of the Byron White award.Season PlayerPositionTeam2011Drew BreesQuarterbackNew Orleans Saints2010Tony RichardsonFullbackNew York Jets2009Nnamdi AsomughaCornerbackOakland Raiders2008Brian DawkinsSafetyPhiladelphia Eagles2007Warrick DunnRunning BackAtlanta Falcons2006John LynchSafetyDenver Broncos2005Steve McNairQuarterbackTennessee Titans2004Peyton ManningQuarterbackIndianapolis Colts2003Derrick BrooksLinebackerTampa Bay Buccaneers2002Troy VincentCornerbackPhiladelphia Eagles2001Mark BrunellQuarterbackJacksonville Jaguars2000Michael McCraryDefensive EndBaltimore Ravens1999Doug PelfreyKickerCincinnati Bengals1998Cris CarterWide ReceiverMinnesota Vikings1997Hardy NickersonLinebackerTampa Bay Buccaneers1996Chris ZorichDefensive TackleChicago Bears1995Billy BrooksWide ReceiverIndianapolis Colts1994Derrick ThomasLinebackerKansas City Chiefs1993Mark KelsoSafetyBuffalo Bills1992Nick LoweryKickerKansas City Chiefs1991Reggie WhiteDefensive EndPhiladelphia Eagles1990Mike KennTackleAtlanta Falcons1989Ozzie NewsomeTight EndCleveland Browns1988Mike SingletaryLinebackerChicago Bears1987Deron CherrySafetyKansas City Chiefs1986George MartinDefensive EndNew York Giants1985Nat MooreWide ReceiverMiami Dolphins1984Reggie WilliamsLinebackerCincinnati Bengals1983Rolf BenirschkePlacekickerSan Diego Chargers1982Doug DiekenTackleCleveland Browns1981Franco HarrisRunning BackPittsburgh Steelers1980Ken HoustonSafetyWashington Redskins1979Gene UpshawGuardOakland Raiders1978Roger StaubachQuarterbackDallas Cowboys1977Archie ManningQuarterbackNew Orleans Saints1976Lyle AlzadoDefensive EndDenver Broncos1975Jim HartQuarterbackSt. Louis Cardinals1974Rocky BleierRunning BackPittsburgh Steelers1973Floyd LittleRunning BackDenver Broncos1972Andy RussellLinebackerPittsburgh Steelers1971Ray MayLinebackerBaltimore Colts1970Kermit AlexanderDefensive backLos Angeles Rams1969Gale SayersRunning BackChicago Bears1968Eddie MeadorSafetyLos Angeles Rams1967Willie DavisDefensive EndGreen Bay Packers1966Bart StarrQuarterbackGreen Bay Packers
- Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation was established to provide support and assistance for families and individuals in the area that were affected by domestic violence.
- In 2010 Witten's foundation launched a new domestic violence prevention program called “Coaching Boys Into Men” in high schools in Arlington, Texas. The program trains coaches to educate their players on the dangers of dating violence.
- Jason and his wife Michelle also funded construction of a brand new Jason Witten-themed emergency waiting room at The Children’s Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.