Albert Pujols honored for foundation

Updated: August 28, 2010, 2:03 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols says he's honored and humbled after receiving an award for his off-field charitable work during Glenn Beck's rally at the Lincoln Memorial.


Pujols says he thanks God for giving him a platform through a high-profile career -- and says that allows him to be more than just being a player.

Pujols has set up a foundation that helps people with Down syndrome and assist the poor in the Dominican Republic.

Pujols' manager, Tony La Russa, says heroes often are seen as products of movies, television and fiction books, but there are real-life ones.

La Russa says Pujols has had amazing accomplishments in baseball, but what makes him so special is his commitment to his family, faith and community.

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