The Latest: Giants' Barnes receives Fritz Pollard award
ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on Super Bowl 53 (all times EST):
Ronnie Barnes of the New York Giants has been given a lifetime achievement award at the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation's Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.'s Salute to Excellence Awards.
The foundation, which promotes diversity and minority hiring throughout the NFL, presented the award Thursday night to the Giants' senior vice president of medical services at a hotel just outside Atlanta, the site of Sunday's Super Bowl.
The soon-to-be 67-year-old Barnes has spent the past 43 years with the Giants. He joined the team in 1976 as an athletic training intern. He became a full-time employee in 1980 and was named head trainer the following year. At the time, Barnes was the only African American athletic trainer.
Barnes worked with former commissioner Pete Rozelle to establish an NFL summer internship program for minorities, and he has been at the forefront in helping to make the game safer.
Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson, the foundation's executive director, said many young people look at football and want to be players.
"So I'm glad to see him recognized by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, because he has done a very good job being an example of diversity, working with so many young people who have come into and through the Giant organization," Carson said of Barnes. "He has worked with males and females, so it's about gender diversity as well as racial diversity."
Who's No. 1 in football?
When it comes to merchandise sales, who else but Tom Brady?
According to the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List, based on total sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise from March-November 2018 - the most updated survey available - the quarterback ranks ahead of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott. Brady leads New England into a Super Bowl for the ninth time on Sunday.
The list includes NFL player-branded merchandise sold from online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 70 NFL Players Association licensees. Licensed product categories include men's, women's and youth game jerseys and T-shirts; player murals; collectible figures; matted and framed photos; bobbleheads; drinkware; calendars; puzzles; and holiday ornaments.
The next two players on the list are Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley and Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, followed by three quarterbacks: Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, Philadelphia's Carson Went, and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes.
Rounding out the top 10 are Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack, the only defensive player on the list.
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