by Keith Russell | CBS 11 Sports

PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – “It takes one to know one,” said Drew Pearson, the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, explaining why the real heroes are the people who work and volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank.

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Pearson says they know what they’re doing is important.

“So many people sitting there waiting. How many families and how many kids are gonna go to bed hungry,” he said.

Combining with the Dallas Cowboys and Chunky Soup, Pearson is helping tackle one of the biggest problems in this country: food insecurity.

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Pearson knows the importance of recognizing others who’ve been long overlooked, because look how long it took for him to get that call from the Hall.

“I could go in with a hat and a mask pulled down and people can say ‘you’re a Hall of Famer and should’ve been in a long time ago’ and those things make you feel good,” he said.

Later this month, Pearson will head back to Canton, Ohio to see where his Hall of Fame bust will reside.

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In the meantime, he’ll continue making winning plays where it counts.