Former Chargers and Eagles DE Burt Grossman has been named the 2011 NFL Teacher of the Year. Grossman is a teacher at Hoover High School in San Diego, Calif.
Grossman will receive a $5,000 award and a $5,000 grant will be presented to Hoover High School from the NFL.
"We couldn't be more proud of Burt and his success with the students at Hoover High School," Chargers executive vice president-executive officer A.G. Spanos said. "As an organization, it's always exciting to see former players make an impact in academics and help our future leaders of tomorrow achieve success."
"Former NFL players who transition to careers in education are able to use the values they learned on the football field-integrity, preparation and persistence-and carry them over into the classroom," commissioner Roger Goodell said. "We honor these former NFL players for their dedication to the profession of teaching."
Grossman spent six seasons in the NFL and recorded 43½ sacks.