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Jason Witten is the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year

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The only NFL award that combines on-field excellence with off-field service has been given to Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

The NFL has confirmed that Witten is the winner of its Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given annually to an NFL player who exemplifies everything it means to be a great NFL player both on and off the field.

Witten works with victims of domestic violence, and his foundation has launched a “Coaching Boys Into Men” initiative designed to educate youth football players about domestic violence.

On the field, Witten is coming off an excellent season in which he had 110 catches for 1,039 yards.

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15 Responses to “Jason Witten is the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year”
  1. skinswillsurprise says: Feb 2, 2013 8:14 PM

    Russ Wilson was robbed!!!

  2. In the Weeds says: Feb 2, 2013 8:18 PM

    Jason is a Fine Gent!
    Got to meet him a few times in Charlotte.
    Does a lot for his community, etc. Top work ethic, and without him, the Boys would crap out to semi-pro teams.

  3. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 2, 2013 8:22 PM

    Very classy Pro….congrats Jason

  4. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:24 PM

    This is a laughable selection. I can think of at least ten players on the Steelers who more deserving.

  5. kae0923 says: Feb 2, 2013 8:25 PM

    Class act on and off the field

  6. bryangy says: Feb 2, 2013 10:03 PM

    Pretty sure that any team would want players nominated for this award. Plus Witten, Fitz and Thomas are AllPros on the field too. With few exceptions don’t have to worry about these guys on the police blotter.

    Speaking of the police blotter looked it up and the heaven sent Gods MLB for Baltimore has never won it. Just stating the facts.

  7. textaz03 says: Feb 2, 2013 10:18 PM

    To those that laugh at this selection, don’t know crab!!! Witten is a total class act. A true professional on and off the field! His service to the community and his foundation are far and above what most players, let alone most people, do in there communities.

  8. billsncowboys says: Feb 2, 2013 11:11 PM

    Jason Witten is a class act

  9. mountaingirl39 says: Feb 2, 2013 11:32 PM

    Being given this award is an honor. The men who are nominated do a tremendous job and know its an honor. We Baltimore fans were so proud when Matt Birk received the honor last year…..
    Just telling the facts!!!

  10. pesh00 says: Feb 2, 2013 11:49 PM

    Best TE in Cowboys history…still remember that run without the helmet against the eagles. Beast!

  11. larryboodry says: Feb 3, 2013 12:15 AM

    Well-deserved…Congrats, Jason!

  12. kappy32 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:01 AM

    I’m a diehard Giants fan but I couldn’t help but be moved by the video presentation the did for Witten on the Honors Show. I relate to him, especially the tough childhood & extremely strong relationship with his grandfather. Unfortunately, my Poppa Joe died accidentally before he could see the success I have achieved. Witten is a lucky man to have that & it’s great that he honors him the way he does. Witten has surpassed AD as my favorite non-Giant player after tonight.

  13. randallflagg52 says: Feb 3, 2013 6:47 AM

    benroethlisberger7 says:
    Feb 2, 2013 8:24 PM
    This is a laughable selection. I can think of at least ten players on the Steelers who more deserving.

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    Really? Because I can’t even think of 10 steeler players at all.

  14. cardslifer says: Feb 3, 2013 8:12 AM

    As a Cowboys fan it’s bitter sweet.

    Witten goes above and beyond what you ask for in a ball player.

    No one makes him do what he does. If only the team had more players that showed a 10th of the dedication he does they wouldn’t be the embarrassment they are today.

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 3, 2013 10:21 AM

    Really? Because I can’t even think of 10 steeler players at all.

    By not praising the selection of Witten and going after your obsession you prove what we already know…you can’t even think….smh

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