Former Vikings safety Jack Brewer gets humanitarian award

Former Minnesota Vikings safety Jack Brewer was given a humanitarian award for his efforts in the Jack Brewer Foundation for helping underserved populations.

Super Bowl 50 was a massive event that put two of the best teams in professional football on display. Not only that, but some of the most popular musicians in the world perform and businesses pay millions of dollars for seconds of television air time to help sell their products.

However, one of the more understated moments of Super Bowl weekend happened on Saturday when former University of Minnesota and Minnesota Vikings safety Jack Brewer received the Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award at Leigh Steinberg’s 29th Annual Super Bowl Party according to an article on Vikings.com.

Brewer was only a member of the Minnesota Vikings from 2002 until 2003, but had a 5 year career in the NFL with 4 different teams before focusing on humanitarian efforts. After his time with the Vikings, he went back to school, attending Harvard, The Wharton School of Business, and the University of Miami. He formed the Jack Brewer Foundation in 2006 to “provide resources and opportunities to the world’s most underserved populations.”

Jack Brewer had this to say about the award that he received on Saturday.

“To be able to raise awareness on issues like education for athletes, brain health and traumatic brain injuries and extreme poverty on such a platform is an honor,” Brewer said. “I am committed to empowering athletes to empower themselves as well as the communities around them. I want to thank Leigh Steinberg and his team for the recognition and support of my work.”

Congratulations to Jack Brewer for being awarded the Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award. If only as much attention would go toward awarding humanitarian efforts as what went into the commercials, concerts, and fanfare of the Super Bowl, a lot more could be done for communities in need of assistance.