Linebacker Vincent Rey Nominated By Bengals For Annual Byron “Whizzer” White Award

The Bengals have nominated linebacker Vincent Rey for the highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player.

The NFL Players Association annually recognizes players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns, and the Byron “Whizzer” White Award is the highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player.

The Bengals have nominated linebacker Vincent Rey for the 2016 award. There is one nominee from each of the 32 teams.

The award was established by the professional football players of America to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to one of their own: Supreme Court Justice Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White, a scholar, athlete, humanitarian and public servant. The NFLPA presents the prestigious annual award to the player that is just as dedicated off the field as he is on the field.

Rey, perennially among team tackle leaders, is the Bengals' choice. Their second choice was defensive end Carlos Dunlap.

The Byron “Whizzer” White Award winner will receive $100,000 for his foundation or a charity of his choice, and will be announced at the NFLPA’s annual Super Bowl press conference.

Players from each team were told of the criteria and given the opportunity to nominate a teammate during the NFLPA’s fall locker room visits. The NFLPA will review the submissions, and each nominated player will be awarded a donation for his foundation or charity of his choice.

A panel of judges, composed of former Byron “Whizzer” White Award winners and NFLPA presidents, will narrow the pool of applicants down to five finalists. The finalists will be announced in January 2016.

The two previous winners were Chad Greenway of the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 and Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers in 2014.


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