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Brunell receives prestigious NFLPA community service award

On April 5 Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell was recognized by the NFL Players Association for his commitment to community involvement.

Brunell received the NFLPA's prestigious Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award during the association's annual awards banquet in Washington, D.C. Brunell, his wife Stacy, and Ms. Rushton Callaghan, executive director of The Mark Brunell Foundation, attended the black-tie event. Proceeds from the event benefit D.C. Special Olympics.

The award is presented annually to the player that best exemplifies team, community, and country in the spirit of pro football Hall of Fame inductee and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron "Whizzer" White, a remarkable athlete who exemplified leadership on and off the field.

At the conclusion of each NFL season, players nominate a team representative. Fans are also encouraged to nominate players on the Players, Inc. Web site. A qualifying and judging process then determines the most deserving player as recommended by teammates and fans.

The Mark Brunell Foundation assists children who face chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Since 1997 his annual charity golf tourney has contributed over $600,000 to Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville. In November 2001 the hospital opened the Brunell Family Children's Neurodiagnostic Center, a five-room unit equipped with digital video-EEG technology that allows prolonged patient monitoring and offers a comprehensive array of neurological services.

Brunell is also involved with other local and national programs, including All-Pro Dad, which promotes the importance of being a good father.

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