The PeyBack Award is presented each year by the PeyBack Foundation to someone currently or formerly involved in professional football who exhibits character, integrity, honor, and who has given back to the game and society. A donation of $5,000 is made by the PeyBack Foundation to the award recipient’s charity of choice. Past recipients of the PeyBack Award include recently retired Quarterback Kurt Warner, Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Backs Gale Sayers and Marshall Faulk, All-Pro Linebacker Derrick Brooks, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterbacks Roger Staubach, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, and Connie Payton, wife of the late Walter Payton.
2010 PeyBack Award Recipient, Kurt Warner
NFL MVP and former Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, and New York Giants star quarterback Kurt Warner is the 2010 recipient of the PeyBack Award.
The PeyBack Award is presented each year by the PeyBack Foundation to someone currently or formerly involved in professional football who exhibits character, integrity, honor, and who has given back to the game and society. Based on these criteria, Kurt Warner is a perfect choice.
Kurt’s professional career has often been compared to a Hollywood script. After graduating from Northern Iowa, Kurt went to work at Hy-Vee grocery and at his Alma Mater while continuing to train for an eventual call from an NFL team. After an impressive two years in the Arena Football League the call Kurt had been waiting for finally came. In 1998 the St. Louis Rams signed him and allocated him to the Amsterdam Admirals where he led the league in touchdowns and passing yards. Finally, in 1999 Kurt was given the nod by the Rams and had one of the top seasons by a quarterback in NFL history, throwing for 4,353 yards with 41 touchdown passes and a completion rate of 65.1%. That year he was named the NFL MVP and led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory where he was named Super Bowl MVP.
In 2009 Kurt retired from professional football with a multitude of records; 32,344 regular season passing yards, 239 touchdowns, and 76 wins to go along with his Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP trophies.
Kurt Warner and the First Things First Foundation have been improving the lives of thousands of families and individuals since 2001 through outreach programs, trips and fundraising events. To lovers of the game, Kurt will be remembered as an integral part of the ‘greatest show on turf’ whose dominance of opposing defenses culminated in a Super Bowl Championship in 1999. However, to many more, Kurt will be remembered for his dedication to his religion, family and to helping others. The work he has done is truly admirable and speaks volumes about his character and his compassion for all those who are less fortunate.