Running back Kevin Faulk was named the 2009 New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award winner this evening at the team’s annual Kickoff Gala.
“For the past 10 years, Kevin Faulk has been one of our go-to guys, both on and off the field,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “He has been quick to volunteer for dozens of charitable events through our community relations department and is always the first player to arrive and the last to leave. For the past few years, he has been bringing his children to the community events he attends to teach the values he learned as a child, to help those who are in need. We are proud to present Kevin with the 2009 Ron Burton Award. He is a deserving honoree.”
Faulk is the seventh Patriots player to be selected as the Ron Burton Award winner, joining past honorees Joe Andruzzi (2003), Troy Brown (2004), Matt Light (2005), Jarvis Green (2006), Ty Warren (2007) and Larry Izzo (2008).
The award is named in honor of the late Ron Burton, the first player drafted by the team and a player who was known for his widespread charitable work.
"I thought Kevin was well-deserved to win this award years ago," said Warren, a past winner. "He has been doing stuff well before I got here. I think his [work] has grown even bigger over the years, expanded. He's always done stuff in Louisiana. He's doing stuff here. He has continued to do stuff for the team. I think he's well-deserved."