Fredericton-area man receives award from Winnipeg Blue Bombers

A Fredericton-area athlete has received a prestigious award.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have named defensive tackle Jake Thomas as the 2017 recipient of the Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award.

The award acknowledges a player who has excellent football ability, is a leader in the locker room, and shows outstanding effort in the community.

Since signing with the Bombers in 2012, Thomas has participated in numerous community initiatives, including Break the Silence on Violence Against Women, the annual Dream Big Sleepover with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Winnipeg, and helps coach youth football programs.