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Super Bowl breakfast ceremony highlights more than football

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Benjamin Watson at the Super Bowl Breakfast
Benjamin Watson holds the Bart Starr Award onstage at the Super Bowl Breakfast in Minneapolis on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.
Chris Juhn for MPR News

A 30-year Super Bowl tradition continued Saturday morning in Minneapolis when the NFL honored a player for his public service.

At the NFL's Super Bowl breakfast, Baltimore Ravens tight end, Benjamin Watson, received The Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award.  Starr played for the Green Bay Packers from 1956 to 1971 and went on to coach the team later in his career.

The award named for him is meant to commend a NFL player who shows character and leadership on and off the field.  Fellow NFL players choose the recipient each year.

This year's winner, Benjamin Watson told a packed ballroom inside the Minneapolis Hilton that he is most inspired by the idea of leaving a legacy.

"Think about what you're standing for," Watson said. "Think about when you leave this place what people will say about you, but more importantly, what the people you have touched will be equipped to do because of you."

Watson runs One More, a foundation focused on poverty and religion.  He has spent 14 seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.

Former Vikings Jeff Siemon, Alan Page, Greg Coleman, and Chuck Foreman and other football greats from the past and present were part of the ceremony.