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As valuable as Malcolm Jenkins has been for the Eagles over the last several years, he's been just as valuable to communities in need off it.

On Thursday, the Eagles' safety was recognized for his charitable efforts.

The NFL Players Association presented Jenkins with the Byron "Whizzer White" Award, which recognizes "players who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns." Jenkins was presented with the award Thursday while in Houston for Super Bowl week.

Jenkins, 29, was one of five finalists who were voted on by a panel of judges. This was the second time in three years that Jenkins was a finalist.

For winning the award, Jenkins received $100,000 for a charity of his choice. It's not hard to guess where that money will go.

The Pro Bowler started The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation in 2010, "with a mission to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth in underserved communities." The foundation helps communities in Jenkins' hometown state of New Jersey, as well as Louisiana (where he played or the Saints), Ohio (where he played for Ohio State) and Pennsylvania.

"It's an amazing honor to be recognized for this award," Jenkins said on Twitter Thursday night. "I applaud all who make [The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation] great! You are the ones who are being honored."

Jenkins is the first Eagle to win the prestigious award since Brian Dawkins in 2009. While Dawkins had recently joined the Broncos by the time he was named the award-winner, he won for the work he did in Philadelphia. Troy Vincent (2003) and Reggie White (1992) are the other Eagles to win the award since its inception in 1967.