Demario Davis of the New Orleans Saints earns the Bart Starr award
By Bob Garcia
The annual NFL award is given to the player who demonstrates character and leadership on and off the field
The New Orleans Saints have a lot to be proud about this year, having achieved several records on the field that were followed by securing the NFC South title and a trip to the postseason. Off the field, though, the team has been just as busy, with several Saints players already having been singled out for going above and beyond the call of duty. The latest is linebacker Demario Davis, who was just announced as this year’s Bart Starr award winner.
The Bart Starr award is presented to the NFL player who demonstrates outstanding qualities of character and leadership on and off the football field. The winner is chosen by other players and was first issued in 1989. Davis will receive his award at the Super Bowl Breakfast, held a day before the Super Bowl next month. Super Bowl Breakfast Director Terry Bortz explains, “Each year we have watched the players identify those who are living up to the expectations set by this award’s namesake. Davis has distinguished himself as a quality person and a leader in the community, and we are thrilled to recognize him and his outstanding efforts.”
Davis isn’t the first Saints player to receive the award. Drew Brees was honored with it in 2011 and Ben Watson received it in 2018. The linebacker is going to be in great company as a recipient, and has definitely earned it. He’s been a captain with the team since signing two years ago, made it to the All-Pro squad last year and finished this year with 119 tackles and four sacks, and played on 98.66% of the team’s defensive snaps during the season.
Off the field, Davis has been, among plenty of other accomplishments, a member of the Players’ Coalition, is the founder of the Devoted Dreamers Academy, has worked with the United Way and the Bronx Defenders and is often involved with civil rights issues. Davis was also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which led teammate Alvin Kamara to state of him, “He practices what he preaches day in and day out. He’s somebody you can talk to, count on to give you some guidance and give you some pointers in life. He’s an outstanding individual.”