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Packers' Sam Barrington goes to Washington for presidential honor

Sam Barrington can add another honor to his list of off-the-field accomplishments. The Green Bay Packers linebacker received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

He was presented with the medal this week in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R) of Wisconsin.

Barrington, who is entering his fourth NFL season, already has created a significant legacy off the field. He was the Packers’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, the Ed Block Courage Award and was honored by Pop Warner with its humanitarian award earlier this offseason.

Barrington was one of several NFL players active in their communities to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award this week. Another Packers player, tight end Jared Cook, who was signed this offseason as a free agent, was honored but could not attend.

According to the President’s Volunteer Service Award website, it recognizes citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.