Former Tiger Finalist For Football Award

Former Auburn fullback Tony Richardson, who plays for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, has been named a finalist for the Bart Starr Award that iis given annually to the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.

Richardson played for Auburn from 1990-93 and has been with Kansas City since signing with the team in 1995. He was named to the NFL's Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2005.

Richardson has been active in the Kansas City area since joining the Chiefs a decade ago. He was named as one of the "Good Guys in Sports" by The Sporting News in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In addition, he was the Chiefs' NFL Man of the Year nominee in 2002 and was named Pro Football Weekly's "Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian of the Year" in 2003.

He has hosted the Special Olympics Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Kansas City every year since 1999, and is the chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs "Out for Blood" Blood Drive. In 2000, he established the "Rich in Spirit" Foundation, which benefits Special Olympics, Athletes in Action, City Union Mission and other charities.

Most recently, in February, 2005, Richardson flew to Sri Lanka to assist the United Nation's World Food Program relief efforts after the tsunami that struck the country in December, 2004.

In its 19th year, the Bart Starr Award is named after the former Green Bay quarterback, who was selected as the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowls I and II.

Tony Richardson is shown in action with the Chiefs.

Nominees for the award are gathered from NFL public relations directors, past winners of the award, the Athletes in Action Pro Staff working with NFL Teams and Starr. Ballots are sent to each team and voting takes place at the same time as the Pro Bowl selections.

In addition to Richardson, finalists for the 2006 award include: Curtis Martin (New York Jets), Peyton Manning (Indianapolis), Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia), Kurt Warner (Arizona), John Lynch (Denver), Donovan Darius (Jacksonville), Todd Peterson (Atlanta), Shelton Quarles (Tampa Bay) and Jeff Hartings (Pittsburgh).

The 2006 winner of the award will be announced Feb. 4 at the Super Bowl Breakfast in Detroit. Past winners include Trent Dilfer, Darren Woodson, Irving Fryar, Warren Moon, Brent Jones and Mike Singletary.

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