Kraft to receive inaugural Lombardi award

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been named the inaugural recipient of the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi award, the NFLPA announced on Thursday.

Via the NFLPA's official release (link HERE), the award "was established to honor a leader in the sports industry whose life and family have been touched by cancer, and who encourages cancer research, prevention and treatment through awareness and philanthropy."

Said DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA, of Kraft, who lost his wife, Myra, in the summer of 2011 to ovarian cancer: “Like many of us in the NFL community, Mr. Kraft has been personally affected by cancer. Despite his loss, Mr. Kraft has continued to be a leader on cancer awareness, research and treatment. We are thrilled to honor his achievements and dedication to fighting cancer on this special night.”

The award, which will be presented to Kraft on Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C., is named in honor of NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi. Lombardi was treated for cancer at the Georgetown University Hosptial before his passing in 1970.