Wise certainly lives up to the character of the price’s namesake.
Former Patriots running back Ron Burton Sr. left a legacy of love and compassion, and although he grew up in Ohio, he stayed in New England after his career and got involved. in the community until his death in 2003.
“At the Patriots, we don’t have a lot of individual honors. There are no team MVPs. We don’t honor an offensive or defensive player of the year. And we certainly don’t award a rookie of the year,” Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft said just before announcing the award.
“The only individual award we give out each year is the name of the first player who was drafted by the Patriots in 1960, before most of you were born. Ron Burton had a successful career, but that’s his community work that was most impactful and a legacy his family continues to honor with the incredible work they do at the Ron Burton Training Village in Hubbardston, Mass.”
Wise joins teammates Lawrence Guy, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and Joe Cardona who all received the award, as well as former New England stars Troy Brown and Jerod Mayo who were all in attendance.
In the process, Wise hopes to inspire all future Ron Burton Community Service Award winners currently in the locker room.