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Matt Light honored by Pop Warner

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 28, 2012 09:28 AM

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Though he hasn't been shy about sitting before television cameras since announcing his retirement a couple of weeks ago, appearing on both ESPN and NFL Network, Matt Light got a different kind of attention over the weekend.

He and several others were honored by Pop Warner at the organization's All-American Scholastic Banquet in Orlando, Fla.

Light received the Pop Warner Humanitarian Award, given "to an individual who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to youth and the community."

He was chosen because of his work through his Light Foundation, which strives to instill responsibility, accountability and leadership in youth through unique outdoor learning experiences.

Others honored included current Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy, who received the Inspiration to Youth Award, Tennessee women's basketball coaching icon Pat Summitt, given the Pop Warner Female Achievement Award, and NFL Players' Association head DeMaurice Smith, who was given the Warner Award, Pop Warner's most prestigious award.

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