Slater honored with Ron Burton Community Service Award

Slater honored with Ron Burton Community Service Award
August 28, 2013, 10:30 am
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FOXBORO – The Patriots honored Matt Slater Tuesday night with their Ron Burton Community Service Award.
 
The sixth-year special teams ace was honored at the team’s “Patriots Premiere” event which was held on the field at Gillette Stadium.

The event was previously called the Kickoff Gala. Slater is the 11th Patriots to win the award which is named for the late Ron Burton, the first player drafted by the team and a community leader whose widespread charitable work was a model for how a Patriots player can make an impact off the field.

“We knew the day that we drafted Matthew that he was going to be special,” said owner Robert Kraft in a statement released by the team. “He has contributed on offense, defense and is the captain of our special teams. He is consistently one of the most active players in the community and is always eager to volunteer. Matthew has an engaging personality and is generous with time to help our community.”

A fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA in 2008, Slater was selected as a special teams captain by his teammates in 2011 and 2012 and was named to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player in each of those seasons.