Tuck nominated for Bart Starr Award

Justin Tuck has been nominated for the 2013 Bart Starr Award.

The award, voted on by NFL players, rewards "outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community."

Tuck was announced as one of the candidates today. The other nominees are Philadelphia's Nnamdi Asomugha, Baltimore's Matt Birk, Minnesota's Chad Greenway, Tennessee's Matt Hasselbeck, San Diego's Philip Rivers, Jacksonville's Josh Scobee, Buffalo's Brad Smith, Cleveland's Joe Thomas and Dallas' Jason Witten.

The winner will be announced during the Super Bowl Breakfast, hosted by Athletes in Action, in February in New Orleans.

Tuck recently held a toy and book drive in New Jersey with teammates Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn to benefit the Boys and Girls Club and his R.U.S.H. for Literacy foundation.

"Give back to the kids," Tuck said. "We’ve been provided this great platform as professional athletes to promote change, promote giving back to people who might not have it without our help. There’s going to be some kids that are going to be helped from the donation of these toys that might not have had a Christmas if we weren’t doing things like this."

"(It) is about making sure we do our part to give back to the community that has supported me in my career here with the New York Giants."