GREEN BAY — Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott received the 2016 community service award at the annual Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce “Welcome Back” luncheon on Wednesday at the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Elliott has been exceedingly active in the Green Bay community since he came to the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2014.
In two-plus years, Elliott has visited several schools around the area, participated in local “Play 60” initiatives, assisted with the Packers Youth Football Camp and performed several other acts of community service.
He previously won Toledo’s community service award in December 2013, but said on Wednesday that last year’s recipient, Packers linebacker Sam Barrington, inspired him to do even more.
“Last year, Sam Barrington stood up here and challenged guys to get into the community.” Elliott said. “I took it personally and told him next year I wanted to be up here. Not for the award but for the recognition we do in the community.”
Elliott participated in this year’s annual Tailgate Tour throughout Wisconsin earlier this summer with Barrington, receiver Jared Abbrederis, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, and alumni LeRoy Butler, Robert Brooks and Sean Jones.
The event has raised more than $2 million for charity in its 11 years.
Meanwhile, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a few other Packers players came to the luncheon decked out in cowboy-themed garb in what’s become an annual tradition.
A year ago, Rodgers attended the luncheon in full U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot suits, complete with helmet and mask.\