Patriots captain Slater chosen as Bart Starr Award winner (The Associated Press)

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. 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.