Eli Manning, Larry Fitzgerald share Man of the Year Award

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The NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award could this year be called the Men of the Year Award.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald are the co-Man of the Year recipients, the league announced tonight.

The Man of the Year Award goes to a player who demonstrates excellence both on and off the field. Manning and Fitzgerald both have a long track record of charity and volunteer work in addition to their professional success.

This is the third time the Man of the Year Award has been split. In 2000 Derrick Brooks and Jim Flanigan shared the award, while in 2006 Drew Brees and LaDainian Tomlinson shared it.

Manning and Fitzgerald entered the league together as the first and third overall picks in the 2004 NFL draft, and now as their careers wind down, they’re continuing to gain recognition together.

23 responses to “Eli Manning, Larry Fitzgerald share Man of the Year Award

  1. Say what you want about Eli he is twice the man Peyton pretends to be and 10x the man he really is. My wife is on a committee that oversees a major children’s medical fund’s NYC activities, she can’t say enough good things about how genuinely generous and caring Eli is and she is a lunatic Pats fan so I know in her sport’s fan heart it conflicts her.

  2. Wonderful to see the soft spoken Eli finally get recognized for the enormous work he does and most of it happens when cameras aren’t even around.

    Larry also a wonderful history of charitable work and great person. Two great men, and also rooting for Olsen now to continue his wonderful work and become a part of this special fraternity next year. I don’t see any losers in this highest honor.

  3. Who’s career is winding down? Eli? Think again. For perspective, he’ll outlast 2/3 of the draft picks who aren’t even in the league yet. Avg career length is what? 3 years? He’s got at least 4 left. Oh… and another SB. fitz should come over in 2018 and grab his ring. Scrub palmer ain’t doing it. Truth all over this post. Try it sometimes guys.

  4. Love Larry Fitzgerald, has always been a class guy. Congratulations to both Eli and Larry.

    But really, thank you to all of the players who go above and beyond for charities. It’s great that you all give back!

  5. jag1959,

    It’s nice to hear personal stories that confirm these award selections. So often the awards are motivated by other things or the work is done by a PR firm and not the recipient. So getting this type of confirmation from a poster you respect means something. Thank you for sharing that.

  6. This was a very moving award and all three men were very deserving to win, and while it’s too bad they couldn’t have had three winners, I know Greg Olsen will win this award another year. This was not Larry’s first time nominated and they only highlighted a very small part of the humanitarian efforts he is dedicated to both within our country in Phoenix and Minneapolis but also internationally, digging wells in Africa and fitting children with hearing aids, who would never hear the sound of their parents voices.
    I love seeing players recognized for their efforts off the field and would much rather see an entire show devoted to hearing about each nominees’ works than some of the mindless garbage they fill the NFL Network with and call it “programming”.
    Obviously, there are a lot more good guys in the NFL than the bad apples we hear about so much in the news.
    Good Job Men! These are the guys new rookies should be patterning themselves after, and we want our kids to follow.

  7. Eli has been making the rounds on TV and radio trying to advise this year’s Patriots Super Bowl opponent on how to beat them. How charitable. You beat them by dodging the draft and arranging to go to a team with a championship pedigree as the number 1 pick. Then wait a few years.

  8. Man of the year… Larry Fitzgerald. Another wife beater. NFL continues to be tone deaf. But hey they have a Chad Johnson Football Life.

  9. jag1959 says:
    Feb 5, 2017 10:54 AM
    bencoates57 says:
    Feb 5, 2017 8:55 AM
    Eli has been making the rounds on TV and radio trying to advise this year’s Patriots Super Bowl opponent on how to beat them. How charitable. You beat them by dodging the draft and arranging to go to a team with a championship pedigree as the number 1 pick. Then wait a few years.
    __________________

    Bitter much? Where is your outrage over Elway doing it 21 years before Eli? Why not call it what is? 18-1 still eats at you and you’ve mistakenly put Eli’s face on your misery, he didn’t hold your team to 14 points. I understand it was a crushing blow but it’s competitive sports, sometimes the other team gets just a little more right. That’s why they play the games. You aren’t actually entitled to win them all. Most of your fellow Pats fans have come to understand that, if you ever reach adulthood maybe you will too.

  10. Two deserving men. Good choices and congratulations. The NFL needs more like them. That’s why i don’t understand crapping on most of them. Most of the players do way more for charities and the needy than trolls do. Time to look in the mirror.

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