- Charlie Batch
Charlie Batch (QB), a 13-year veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion with Pittsburgh, was awarded the inaugural Jerome Bettis Award for Humanity and Community Service. His Best of Batch Foundation supports the growth of children’s sports in his local Pennsylvania community. He was a Player Representative for four years and has served as a Vice President of the Executive Committee since 2010.
Batch, a second-round draft selection by Detroit in 1998 out of Eastern Michigan, passed for more than 9,000 yards with the Lions from 1998-2001.This ranked him as high as the sixth all-time passing leader for the organization. In June 2002, Batch signed with Pittsburgh. He was a member of the championship teams that won both Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII.
Selected by his teammates in 2006 as the Steelers’ Walter Payton Man of the Year candidate, Batch is actively involved in philanthropy. In 2000, Batch started the Best of Batch Foundation to aid underprivileged youth in the Pittsburgh area. Batch supports local community events, fundraisers and Foundation events personally. Best of Batch Foundation also partners or sponsors the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, NCJW BatchPacks for Kids, Architecture Building Communities, the Best of the Batch Club, Batch and Me, Match for Mercy Hospital’s Operation Safety Net, a summer reading program, a tutoring program, field trip, college scholarships and more. Batch also owns and acts as the President for Batch Development Company, Inc. in order to reinvest in his community, create jobs locally and improve the surrounding neighborhoods.
Batch was awarded the Bus Stops Here Foundation Humanitarian and Community Service Award in 2006 by former teammate Jerome Bettis for his foundation’s support of local football field and basketball court renovations for youth. In 2007, he was recognized with four awards – the Mon Valley Initiative Volunteer Award, the Duquesne Light Leadership Award, the Boys and Girls Club Outstanding Service Award and the Pittsburgh Pirates Community Service Award.
Batch earned a degree in criminal justice at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in 1997, where he still holds all-time records for total plays (1,179), yards passing (7,592), total offensive yards (7,715), pass attempts (998), pass completions (579) and touchdown passes (53). Batch received the James M. “Bingo” Brown Award his junior year, given annually to the team’s MVP. He was also named first-team All-MAC in 1995. In 2005, he was honored with the EMU Outstanding Alumnus Award and in 2010, Batch was inducted into his alma mater’s Hall of Fame.
- Drew Brees
A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Drew Brees (QB) has become one of the most prolific passers in the NFL. A decade after being selected by San Diego in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, Brees is among the league’s most elite quarterbacks. He served as a Player Representative to the NFLPA for four years. In 2008, Brees was elected as a Vice President on the NFLPA Executive Committee, a true testament to his leadership abilities off the field.
While in San Diego in 2004, Brees was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was named the Comeback Player of the Year for taking the Chargers from a 4-12 record in 2003 to a 12-4 record in 2004. Brees signed with New Orleans in 2006 and has done great things for the Saints and the city of New Orleans since joining the team. In 2008, Brees was named the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year and threw for 5,069 yards, just 15 shy of Dan Marino’s NFL record. In 2010, Sports Illustrated named Brees its Sportsman of the Year.
Brees is only the second player in NFL history to amass more than 4,000 passing yards in five consecutive seasons. Brees also has set league records in completion percentage in a single season (70.6 in 2009) and in completions (448 in 2010).
Brees not only helped bring a Super Bowl title (XLIV) to New Orleans, but he also worked hard to restore the city following the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Shortly after signing with the Saints, Brees held a fundraiser to help rebuild a local high school football facility. He also developed a foundation in 2003 with his wife, Brittany, the Brees Dream Foundation, which advances research in the fight against cancer and to aid children facing adversity. The Brees Dream Foundation, which serves New Orleans, San Diego and the West Lafayette/Purdue communities, has committed and/or contributed more than $7 million to charitable causes and academic institutions since 2003. The foundation often partners with other organizations to put on such programs as the Rebuilding Dreams Campaign, the United Nations World Rice Bowl Challenge, the Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge and more.
In recognition of his work in the community, Brees was co-winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2006.
Brees was drafted out of Purdue University, where he placed fourth and third in 1999 and 2000, respectively, in Heisman Trophy voting. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management.
- Brian Dawkins
An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Brian Dawkins (S) was a Player Representative for seven years and has served as a Vice President on the Executive Committee since 2006.
Dawkins, a second-round draft choice for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996, set many club and NFL records in his 13 seasons with the Eagles. He is the first player in NFL history to record a sack, interception, fumble recovery and touchdown reception in a single game; is currently the franchise leader with 96 career wins, including eight playoff victories; and holds the record for playing in a franchise record 15 playoff games. Dawkins also ranks third on the team’s all-time games played list and second on the Eagles’ all-time list in playoff interceptions (4) and playoff interception return yards (75). In March 2009, Dawkins signed with the Denver Broncos as an unrestricted free agent. He was selected to the Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Team.
Selected by his teammates in 2005 as the Eagles’ Man of the Year for his charitable work, Dawkins is the regional spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and partners with Turkey Hill Diary to raise funds for the organization. The Lancaster-based dairy donated $500 to JDRF for every interception made by Dawkins in 2007, which totaled $5,500 for 11 interceptions. Dawkins is also part of the Home Depot NFL Neighborhood MVP program, which recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their local communities.
Dawkins has been honored with the “Whizzer” White NFL Man of the Year Award (2008) and is a member of the 20/20 Club, an elite collection of players who have accumulated 20 sacks and 20 interceptions over their career. He is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team (2000’s).
Dawkins majored in education at Clemson University in South Carolina, where he was a second-team All-American selection and named the first-team strong safety on Clemson's All-Centennial team in 1995.
- Domonique Foxworth - President
A third-round selection out the University of Maryland, Domonique Foxworth (CB) was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2005 NFL Draft. He was recruited as a fast and athletic addition to the secondary, but Foxworth has contributed much more than just his gridiron performance.
At Maryland, Foxworth started all 40 games and was named second-team All-American by Sporting News as a senior. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies in just three-and-a-half years.
As a rookie, Foxworth wrote a popular weekly blog for the Denver Post. He also played cornerback, safety and special teams for the Broncos. Foxworth was named to the USA Today All-Joe Team and was a Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in 2005. In 2007, he was elected as a Broncos NFLPA player representative. He also was at the forefront of the building of a memorial teen center at a Boys & Girls Club in Denver in honor of a slain teammate. He then dedicated his time to teaching a writing class at the center in an effort to increase college attendance. Foxworth was named the Broncos’ 2007 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
In 2008, he ran and was elected as the youngest Vice President of the NFLPA Executive Committee. After three seasons in Denver, Foxworth became an Atlanta Falcon later that year.
In 2009, Foxworth signed with Baltimore. He tied for the team lead with four interceptions and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week that year. He missed the 2010 season with a torn ACL and was placed on injured reserve early in the 2011 season.
Off the field, Foxworth has developed a non-profit organization, Baltimore BORN – Boys Opportunity and Resource Network – where he is the Founder and President. BORN supports the boys of the greater Baltimore area and helps them develop as responsible adults through media, resources, academics, leadership, mentoring and opportunities.
During the lockout, Foxworth did not miss a single meeting. He proved to be mature and influential, and helped shape the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Scott Fujita
A 10-year veteran and Pro Bowl selection, Scott Fujita (LB) was a Player Representative for one year and has served as a Vice President of the Executive Committee and a member of both the Player Safety and Welfare Committee and the Committee on Agent Regulation and Discipline since 2010.
Fujita, a fifth-round draft choice by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2002, has earned many accolades over his career. Recipient of the Chiefs’ Mack Lee Hill Award in 2002, given to the team’s top rookie, Fujita was also named the Chief’s Defensive Rookie in 2002. He was also named the Chiefs' Most Improved Player in 2003 and led the team in tackles in 2003 and 2004.
In September 2005, Fujita was traded to Dallas. In his single season with the Cowboys, Fujita started eight games. In April 2006, Fujita signed with New Orleans during the free agency signing period. He was selected by his peers as a team captain from 2006-’08 and was a member of the Saints’ championship team that won Super Bowl XLIV. Fujita also earned the Saints’ “Most Productive Defensive Player” Award and was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2009. In March 2010, Fujita signed with the Cleveland Browns during the free-agency signing period.
Throughout his career, Fujita has been actively involved in a wide variety of philanthropic endeavors. From 2002-’04, he acted as the spokesman for the Kansas City Cancer Center and from 2003-’04, Fujita acted as the spokesman for “Monday’s Child” in Kansas City, a program devoted to placing foster children with permanent families. From 2006-'09, Fujita acted as the spokesman for both the Catholic Charities for Adoption, Adoption Awareness Month and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New Orleans, among others. Selected by the Saints front office, local media and local non-profit business executives, Fujita was named the Saints’ 2009 Man of the Year. He was also a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2009. Fujita has also been involved with The Littlest Heroes, Crimestoppers, Angel’s Place, the Gulf Restoration Network, America’s WETLAND, the Covenant House of New Orleans and the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Fujita, who was raised by his adopted Japanese family, graduated with honors with a degree in political science in 2001 and with his master’s degree in education in 2002, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Fujita walked on to the Golden Bears in 1997 and earned a full scholarship by 1998. Fujita was honored with the Clint Evans Award in 1998, given to the most intense freshman competitor, the Frank Storment Award in 1998 and 2000, given to the most outstanding student-athlete from Southern California and the Stub Allison Award in 2001, given to the most inspirational player. Fujita was also honored with selections to the All-Pac-10 Academic team from 1998-2001, All-Pac-10 Honorable Mentions and was a Verizon District VIII All-American in 2001.
- Matt Hasselbeck
Matt Hasselbeck has been a quarterback in the NFL for the past 15 seasons. Hasselbeck was recently elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee, after serving as a Player Representative since 2008.
Hasselbeck played his collegiate football at Boston College from 1994-1997 after spending one semester at California Maritime Academy. Hasselbeck spent his final two years playing with his younger brother Tim, who enrolled in 1996. Hasselbeck was presented with the Scanlan Award in 1997, which goes to a Boston College senior football player who represents the team positively both on and off the field. Hasselbeck received his degree in marketing and finance.
Hasselbeck started his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers as a 6th-round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Hasselbeck spent three years with the Packers backing up Brett Favre before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2001, where he would re-join former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren. Hasselbeck is currently playing quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, as they signed him in 2011.
Hasselbeck’s NFL career has been highlighted by many achievements. He is a three-time Pro Bowler (2003, 2005, 2007) and was selected All-Pro in 2005. He led the Seattle Seahawks to their first and only Super bowl appearance in 2005. He was selected to the Seahawks 35th Anniversary team and is currently the franchise’s all-time leader in passing yards, as well as in almost every other quarterback statistic.
Hasselbeck has done a lot to give back to the community off the field. He is actively involved with the nonprofit organization Charity: Water. This organization helps bring clean drinking water to people living in developing countries. On his 35th birthday, Hasselbeck helped raise more than $10,000 for the organization to start new clean water projects in those countries.
He is not the only Hasselbeck to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL. His dad, Don, played tight end in the NFL for nine seasons and Tim also played quarterback in the NFL. Hasselbeck is married to his college sweetheart Sarah and has three children: Annabelle, Mallory and Henry.
- Matt Light
Matt Light’s impact, after playing 11 NFL seasons, will be much more than just a football player. After Light’s retirement in May, he got a chance to reflect on the impact he’s left as a teammate and community leader. He was asked about the legacy he hopes to have as a new member of the NFL Players Association’s Executive Committee.
“It’s an awesome responsibility, really,” Light said of his election in March. “I think if you look at what those guys all did who were on the Executive Committee during the lockout and the year and a half leading up to the lockout, it was not an easy thing to do. I am going to have a little extra time on my hands and if there is ever a time to try and do something to help out the guys that are there, now is the time to do it.”
Light wants to champion causes like player safety, better ways to handle issues that players struggle with daily and an electronic medical records solution.
“I think that’s the beauty of the Executive Committee; there are enough different guys that comprise the committee that you get to touch on all areas and each guy has his own interests,” he said. “I’ve got mine and I’m looking forward to tackling them.”
Light’s primary goal is to improve the lives of future NFL players. Just as others who came before him fought for players’ rights, he wants to do the same for the next wave of players in the NFL.
Light’s selfless attitude and dedication to his team set him apart from his peers.
“I always enjoyed playing with the guys that are selfless and put in the extra work,” he said. “You can count on people like that and if they have those things, then usually you’ll find that they are a pretty good teammate and you’ll have a successful unit and team.”
The importance of these qualities to him has also spilled into the work he does with The Light Foundation. Each summer, children from all across the country with different backgrounds learn to become responsible community members at the 400-acre facility at Chenoweth Trails in Greenville, Ohio.
“I think that everything we do with our camps and our programs is all about getting kids to realize the great things they can do and the impact they can have on other people,” he said. “I think that very rarely do people stop long enough to reflect and look at the people who have helped them out and gotten them where they are and think about what they can do to brighten someone else’s day up.”
Light not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. His impact will continue to be felt as an NFLPA Executive Committee member.
- Brandon Moore
Signed by the New York Jets in 2002, Brandon Moore has served as an offensive lineman for the Jets for the past 10 years. After being considered one of the top guards in the NFL for years, Moore was selected to his first Pro Bowl after the 2011-’12 season.
He has served on the NFLPA Board of Player Representative since 2007 and was a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2011.
Prior to signing with the Jets, Moore played for the University of Illinois where he was a three-year starter at defensive tackle. Throughout his collegiate career, he recorded 155 tackles with 13 sacks and 23 stops behind the line of scrimmage for losses of 79 yards. During his senior season he was named an All-Big Ten selection.
Off the field, Moore is committed to giving back to his community in New Jersey. He created the Moore Family foundation to provide disadvantaged youth with positive holiday experiences, school supplies and other important needs.
Moore graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in English in 2002. He participated in the NFL’s Continuing Education Program in 2005 at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Wharton Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Jeff Saturday
A mainstay on the Colts’ offensive line over the last 13 seasons, Jeff Saturday (C) is a natural leader on the gridiron. An undrafted free agent out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998, Saturday signed with Baltimore. He signed with the Colts in 1999 and has been a consistent presence there since.
Saturday received his first start at the end of the Colts’ 1999 season and became their starting center in 2000. He was a key player in the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears after the 2006 season. Saturday is a fixture on a notoriously strong offensive line that gave up the fewest quarterback sacks of any NFL team in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010. He has been a Pro Bowl selection five times (2006-’08, 2010-’11) and has been named to the All-Pro team for four seasons (2005-‘07, 2010). In 2007, Saturday was the NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Off the field, Saturday is actively involved in community programs and with the NFLPA. Saturday was elected to the NFLPA Executive Committee as a Vice President in 2006 and has served on the board since. Prior to his election to the Executive Committee, Saturday served as the Colts’ Player Representative for four years. He has also a spokesman for Miracle Ride, a fundraiser for the Riley Hospital for Children in Indiana, since 2004. Saturday also serves as the spokesman for the People’s Burn Foundation of Indiana and the Kids’ Voice of Indiana, an advocacy group for children, where he serves on the board. He and his wife, Karen, are honorary chairpersons for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and have supported the organization since 2004. In 2010, Saturday and his wife were honored with the Susan G. Komen Individual Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Brian Waters
A 12-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Brian Waters (G) was a Player Representative for six years and has served as a Vice President of the Executive Committee since 2010.
Waters, an undrafted free agent out of North Texas, attended training camp with Dallas in 1999 and then played a stint in Europe before signing with Kansas City in 2000. Waters grew up playing tight end and defensive lineman and had never taken a snap as a guard until signing with the Chiefs. During 11 seasons with Kansas City, Waters played in 163 regular-season games with 149 starts. He was also named All-Pro twice – in 2004 and 2005 – and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In October 2004, Waters was the first offensive lineman to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Falcons. He is the only offensive lineman in either conference to have ever received this award. In September 2011, Waters signed with New England.
Honored by the NFL as the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2009 for his philanthropic efforts off the field, Waters’ foundation supports more than 20 charities. Started in 2005, the Brian Waters 54 Foundation has aided thousands of children and adults in North Texas and in Kansas City and has awarded more than 80 college scholarships. Waters does not employ any paid staff at his foundation. Both he and his wife, Yolanda, whom he named President of the foundation, run the bulk of the foundation’s activities. The Brian Waters 54 Foundation supports the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, First Downs for Down Syndrome, Special Olympics and other charities. Waters has been a spokesman for several community outreach programs with the NFL and the Chiefs.
Waters earned a bachelor’s degree in community service at the University of North Texas, where he was a standout tight end and defensive lineman.
- Ben Watson
The tight end was a first-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played with the Patriots for the next five years, earning a Super Bowl ring during the 2004-’05 season. He recorded the longest touchdown reception in Patriots playoff history, 63 yards, during the 2005 Wild Card playoffs.
Watson, currently a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, was first elected as a Player Representative for the NFLPA in 2010.
He began playing football at Duke University prior to transferring to the University of Georgia his sophomore year. For his collegiate career, he totaled 945 yards and seven scores on 73 receptions. During his senior season he was named a preseason All-American and All Southeastern Conference selection by the NFL Draft Report, as well as the team’s best all-around offensive player.
In 2007, Watson helped distribute Thanksgiving food baskets at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston. Later that year, he traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan with a small group of NFL players on a USO tour visiting military bases.
Watson and his wife Kirsten created a charitable foundation called “One More” in 2008. Their foundation, a public charity dedicated to impacting lives by meeting real needs, promotes education and provides enrichment opportunities through charitable initiatives and partnerships. Watson is also a spokesperson for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
While attending the University of Georgia, Watson majored in Finance.