DE PERE, Wis (WBAY) - One of the bright spots for the Green Bay Packers in an otherwise disappointing season was the play of Kyler Fackrell.
The third year linebacker led the team with 10.5 sacks, a career high.
Equally impressive is the work Fackrell displayed off the field to benefit area veterans.
During his first season with the Green Bay Packers, Fackrell and his wife, Elizabeth, made it a priority to seek out community service.
"During the holiday season we're like, I know there are people that are struggling and we really just wanted to kind of pay forward some of the blessings that we had been given," says Fackrell.
Through a chance meeting, the Fackrells connected with the state's Disabled American Veterans, an opportunity the Fackrells consider a gift to them.
"Been a huge blessing for us. It helps us to stay grounded, and I mean we're really grateful honestly, that's what it comes down to and the reason we do anything we do," says Elizabeth Fackrell.
Over the past three years, the Fackrells have quietly supported area veterans, providing Thanksgiving meals to vets and their families and donating autographed footballs and prizes to the local DAV chapter in Green Bay.
Mostly recently, they rented out Ariens Hill in the Titletown District for members of the 127th Infantry of the Wisconsin National Guard before their deployment to Afghanistan.
Monday, the DAV said thank you by presenting the Fackrells with the 2018 Commander's Award for veterans community service.
"Playing for the Packers it's a very busy life, and to take a step away and go, hey, I need to help out the veterans, that's huge and it's people like that, ensure veterans live lives of dignity and respect," says Mike Hert, DAV State Commander.
"It's a huge honor. Being able to help out and work with the DAV has been a huge privilege and blessing for us. Hopefully we'll be able to continue to bring some attention to the DAV so that it can continue help the disabled veterans," says Fackrell.