NFL announces nominees for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

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The NFL has announced this year’s nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award given each year to a player based on their philanthropic and community work.

There’s one nominee per team, each of whom will receive a donation of up to $50,000 to a charity of their choice. The winner of the award, which will be revealed the night before Super Bowl LIV, will receive a $250,000 donation to their chosen charity.

All of the nominees will wear a helmet decal for the rest of the season. The winner will have a a Man of the Year patch on his jersey next season. Six current players — Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning, J.J. Watt and Jason Witten — are wearing that patch this season.

This year’s nominees are:

Cardinals running back David Johnson
Falcons safety Ricardo Allen
Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr
Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton
Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard
Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry
Cowboys center Travis Frederick
Broncos safety Justin Simmons
Lions linebacker Devon Kennard
Packers linebacker Blake Martinez
Texans defensive lineman D.J. Reader
Colts cornerback Pierre Desir
Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell
Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt
Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu
Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth
Dolphins defensive lineman Davon Godchaux
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph
Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy
Saints tackle Terron Armstead
Giants tackle Nate Solder
Jets center Jonotthan Harrison
Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman
Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans
Titans center Ben Jones
Washington long snapper Nick Sundberg

23 responses to “NFL announces nominees for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

  1. Pouncey? They nominated the guy who kicked a man’s head in on national television? Did I read that right? Come on, Steelers, you can do better than that.

  2. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:36 am
    Pouncey? They nominated the guy who kicked a man’s head in on national television? Did I read that right? Come on, Steelers, you can do better than that.
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    Did you actually criticize a player that is not on the Pats? There might be some hope for you yet. Probably not.

  3. “philanthropic and community work”
    Not sportsmanship. Not being good at football. Not being a good person.
    Still not a great look to nominate a guy who just came off a suspension, but these probably had to be submitted a while ago.

  4. backintheday99 says:
    December 12, 2019 at 9:52 am

    If a long snapper makes that list, I’m guessing he’s doing something major. Not the others are not. Just kind of looks a bit different than the usual stars…
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    “Walter Payton Man of the Year Award given each year to a player based on their philanthropic and community work.”

    This has nothing to do with being a “star” or the position you play. Strictly off the field voluntary work. #LongSnappersArePeopleToo

  5. For those who skipped to the list of names and then commented, some helpful context:

    The award is “given each year to a player based on their philanthropic and community work”.

  6. “Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey”

    While I admire that Pouncey defended his QB, somehow I think the kicking in the head of Garrett will affect his chances of winning.

  7. Good work by all the nominees. Congratulations on being nominated for your hard work off the field and helping the poor, underprivileged. Antonio clown should take notes on how to be a better man.

  8. In my experience, those that criticize others community and charitable work, don’t do any themselves. I commend any and all people that give of their time and resources to causes that are important to them. I do some, and realize I could always do more.

  9. Mark Tulin says:
    December 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm
    Good list. I’d be surprised if JJ Watt doesn’t win.

    I wouldn’t be calling your bookie to place bets on JJ seeing that he wasnt even nominated.

  10. twags says:
    December 12, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Mark Tulin says:
    December 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm
    Good list. I’d be surprised if JJ Watt doesn’t win.

    I wouldn’t be calling your bookie to place bets on JJ seeing that he wasnt even nominated.
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    Did you hear that??? ‘Cause it went right over your head!

  11. imsomeguy says:
    December 12, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Hasn’t Richard Sherman won some community player of the week thing multiple times this year? If so, how can it not be him?
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    Maybe he lied, you know, like the “handshake.”

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