Four Jaguars players, including quarterback Mark Brunell, are in the running for the Jacksonville Jaguars-Robert W. Baird & Co. Community Leader of the Year Award, to be presented tomorrow during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at ALLTEL Stadium.
Joining Brunell as nominees are cornerback Fernando Bryant, punter Bryan Barker and offensive tackle Leon Searcy. One will be named the Community Leader of the Year and accept a $3,000 charity donation.
The award has been presented monthly during the NFL season to the Jaguars player that demonstrates exemplary community involvement. Each monthly winner received a $500 charity donation.
Bryant was the September winner and donated his gift to Hubbard House, where he is active in their Men Against Violence Against Women program. Barker, October's winner, directed funds to his LET US PLAY! Foundation, which has made a positive impact on hundreds of inner-city girls. Leon Searcy, the winner for November, pledged his $500 donation to the Lee Boys & Girls Club. Brunell accepted his donation to help fund the programs offered by The Mark Brunell Foundation, which is committed to enriching the lives of children who face chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
Several players and representatives from area non-profit organizations will be on hand for the luncheon. For more information, please contact the Community Affairs Department by calling (904) 633-6582.