Isaac named a finalist for the Byron Whizzer White Award

Isaac Bruce has been named a finalist for the Byron Whizzer White Award. The award is presented annually at the NFL Players Gala featuring the JB Awards in Washington, D.C. Bruce will be honored at this year's Gala on Thursday, April 16, 2009.

The NFL Players Association and NFL Players partnered with James Brown of CBS Sports "The NFL Today" to create the NFL Players Gala featuring the JB Awards. The Gala recognizes NFL player who exemplify leadership, dedication, and commitment to team and community. All proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics DC, the sole provider of year-round sports training opportunities for 2,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in the DC area.

Each season, JB Award recipients are nominated by their teammates for their commitment to achieve excellence off the field through building better communities and stronger families. The 32 nominees are then reviewed by JB and he personally selects 10 finalists to attend the Gala. The accomplishments of those 10 finalists are then sent to an independent panel of judges to vote of the Byron Whizzer White Award winner. As the NFLPA's highest honor, the award was established to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to one of their own. Byron "Whizzer" White scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian, and public servant is the personification of the ideal to which professional football players aspire. His service to the nation as Justice of the Supreme Court brings honor upon every man in professional football. The highlight of the Gala is the announcement of the Byron Whizzer White winner.

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For more information, contact: Tiffani Wilson Burris, Isaac Bruce Foundation, 314-369-4074