The NFL Players Association's website notes that the award, named after the former NFL player and Supreme Court justice, is the "highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player" for work in the community.
The NFLPA has handed out the Byron “Whizzer” White Award each year since Super Bowl I, when Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr was its first recipient. Each team nominated one player for the award, and past winners include Steve McNair and Nnamdi Asomugha.
Davis' wife Kelly was able to accept the award on her husband's behalf, per the NFLPA's official Twitter:
This award for Davis is another one in the long line of trophies he's earned for his work as an ambassador in the NFL. The Carolina captain was also the recipient of the Bart Starr Award on Jan. 6 and was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2015 after being a finalist the previous two years.
Davis' work on the field is unparalleled to the work he does in his community. He, along with the Second Harvest Food Bank, prepared 2,000 meal bags for at least 8,000 people this past Thanksgiving. This is a well-deserved award for Davis, who can add the title of "Super Bowl champion" to his illustrious resume with a win on Sunday.