Donnie Edwards // National Quarterbacks Club Legacy Award Recipient

On February 24, former NFL linebacker was awarded the Legacy Award from the National Quarterback Club in Phoenix, Arizona. The award highlighted his continued work with veterans through the Best Defense Foundation providing WWII veterans the opportunity to return to their battlefields, assisting special forces operators transitioning out of the military and preserving the legacy of those who fought for freedom through the Education Initiative. 

“I am humbled and honored to be able to use my platform to give back to the veteran community. The Best Defense Foundation strives to take care of veterans of all ages and we are dedicated to honoring their service and sacrifice,” says Edwards who was in attendance at the awards dinner along with two WWII veterans and BDF team members. 

In conjunction with the awards dinner, the Best Defense Foundation partnered with the Dysart School District in Phoenix through its Education Initiative. Two WWII veterans traveled to speak to students in junior high and high school about their service and five other WWII veterans streamed into over 50 classrooms via Zoom. The Best Defense Foundation provides these programs free of charge to schools.

The National Quarterback Club’s annual gala also saw the induction of three former NFL quarterbacks into the Quarterback Hall of Fame–Ron Jaworski, Brad Johnson and Michael Vick. Past Legacy Award recipients include Jim Kelly, Jack Kemp and Ross Perot. A portion of the proceeds raised from the event went to help the Best Defense Foundation.