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Thrash Earns Community Service 'JB Award'

Thrash received a JB Award on Friday, April 4 during the annual NFL Players Gala Featuring the 'JB Awards' at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Thrash was nominated for the JB Award for his off-the-field commitment to building better communities and stronger families.

The 'JB Awards' is a joint effort by the NFL Players Association and James Brown, host of "The NFL Today" on CBS.

Brown, a Washington, D.C., native known in NFL circles as "J.B.," personally selected the 12 NFL players to receive a JB Award.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Special Olympics D.C.

The full list of players to receive a 'JB Award' for 2008 is as follows:

Player Team
Marques Douglas, DE San Francisco 49ers
Chris Draft, LB St. Louis Rams
Warrick Dunn, RB Atlanta Falcons
Braylon Edwards, WR Cleveland Browns
Israel Idonije, DT Chicago Bears
Kassim Osgood, WR San Diego Chargers
Matt Stover, K Baltimore Ravens
Mack Strong, FB Seattle Seahawks
James Thrash, WR Washington Redskins
Kurt Warner, QB Arizona Cardinals
Brian Waters, G Kansas City Chiefs
Roy Williams, S Dallas Cowboys
Teams identified for '08 season**

Thrash has been active with area youth since he returned to the Redskins in 2004.

He began a business with former Redskin Eddie Mason that promoted a program that focuses on athletics and spiritual counseling on and off the field.

In addition to the award recipients, Brown also presented special JB Awards to recognize the personal accomplishments of others around the NFL.

Honorees who received individual JB Awards were former Miam quarterback Dan Marino for "Lifetime Achievement," Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks for "Empowering Youth," Houston defensive tackle Amobi Okoye for "Global Dedication," and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson for "Emerging Leader."

Prior to the awards presentation, more than 75 athletes from Special Olympics joined Thrash and other NFL player honorees for a football clinic.

The NFL players interacted with the athletes and help demonstrate a variety of offensive and defensive skills, including passing, receiving and kicking.

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