The NFL Players Association and 49ers announced today that WR Anquan Boldin was the recipient of the annual Byron "Whizzer" White Award on Thursday morning. Boldin is first 49ers player to receive this award in its 48-year history. The late Supreme Court Justice was a scholar, athlete, patriot, humanitarian and public servant for which players should be aspired to be.
Boldin's "Q81" foundation will receive a $100,000 donation as a result. Q81 is a foundation which has been dedicated to helping those in need, as Boldin himself grew up in Pahokee, Florida which was a tough environment. His charities are also set up in the areas of the NFL teams he played for including Phoenix, Baltimore and the Bay Area.
All 32 teams voted for nominees during the regular season and the NFLPA looked at 54 applications, with each applicant awarded $5,000 for his foundation or charity of choice. The judges (Domonique Foxworth, Kevin Mawae, Charlie Batch, Mike Kenn and Trace Armstrong) cut the list of applicants down to five finalists.
The other four finalists for this award were Tampa Bay Buccaneers OL Davin Joseph, Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch, New England Patriots S/WR Matthew Slater and Baltimore Ravens FB Vonta Leach.