Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters — the 2009 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year — was named the recipient of the 2010 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award. It is given out by the Rotary Club of Tulsa and was announced Monday night at the 17th Annual Iba Awards Banquet.
“It’s an honor to receive such a prestigious accolade, especially one named after an amazing coach, leader and citizen like Henry Iba,” noted Waters. “While awards are obviously not the reason that the Brian Waters 54 Foundation seeks to help others, it is a sign that we are indeed making a positive mark. Every individual that we reach makes our efforts that much more worthwhile.”
The Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards are given in recognition of America’s premier athletes. These individuals have excelled in their sport and have shown by their actions a desire to help others. Their outstanding personal involvement and success in their chosen work have made them heroes in the eyes of the world and Henry P. Iba would have undoubtedly been proud to be associated with the selections made in his name.
A legendary collegiate basketball coach, Henry Iba, was an unparalleled success as a professional, a leader and a citizen.
Waters is the second member of the Chiefs to win the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award. Waters’ former teammate and mentor, G Will Shields, also took home the accolade in 2005.
Yet another well deserved award for Waters. There aren’t enough words to do all the work he does individually and through the Brian Waters 54 Foundation.