Patriots captain Slater chosen as Bart Starr Award winner

Slater will be honored Feb. 4 during the 30th annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast in Houston

Matthew Slater
New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater speaks with reporters in the team's locker room at Gillette Stadium before an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots are to play the New York Jets Sunday, Dec. 27, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots special teams captain Matt Slater has been named recipient of the 2017 Bart Starr Award, given to the NFL player who best exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field.

Slater joins his father, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater, who won the award in 1996. They are the first father and son to be chosen for the honor. Players vote on the award.

Slater was on hand when his father received the award and said to receive it himself is “humbling.”

Slater, who helped lead the Patriots to the 2014 Super Bowl title, volunteers through the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and various children’s ministries.

The six-time Pro Bowler will be honored Feb. 4 during the 30th annual Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast in Houston.

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