Irondale, Ala., Dec 12, 2022 / 18:00 pm
EWTN Global Catholic Network has presented the 2022 Mother Angelica Award to former NFL star and coach Danny Abramowicz in honor of his lifetime of service to the new evangelization.
The award was presented to Abramowicz by EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw during a Dec. 12 ceremony televised around the world by the network.
“This award was created as a way to honor people who have devoted their lives in service to the Church, particularly in the service of the new evangelization, just as Mother Angelica herself had done,” Warsaw said. “This annual award recognizes individuals who, like Mother Angelica, seek to bring others to a deeper knowledge of God.”
In looking at this year’s candidates, Warsaw said one name — Danny Abramowicz — stood above the rest. While the world remembers the former New Orleans Saint wide receiver as a football legend, the award was given to him for his greater mission, a second career serving Our Lord by evangelizing men, especially young men aged 25 to 40. That effort started with a small prayer group decades ago and eventually led him to create a widely-known national men’s ministry with men’s conferences, speaking, and other evangelization efforts, including the popular EWTN television series “Crossing the Goal.”