Calais Campbell named Walter Payton Man of the Year

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Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell won Walter Payton Man of the Year on Saturday night, the final award given out at NFL Honors.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field.

The NFL will recognize all 32 Man of the Year nominees before kickoff at Super Bowl LIV. Chris Long, who won the award for the 2018 season, will hand off the award to Campbell as he is introduced as the winner for the 2019 season.

“Calais Campbell’s impact extends far beyond the field, into communities throughout Phoenix, Jacksonville and beyond,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “During his 12 seasons in the league, he has been a tremendous role model for the youth he serves through his CRC Foundation and is incredibly deserving of the league’s most prestigious honor.”

It was Campbell’s third nomination. He received the Cardinals’ nomination for the award in both 2011 and 2014.

He has earned four Pro Bowls and on Sunday took home the defensive MVP award in the league’s all-star game.

In 2009, Campbell formed the CRC Foundation alongside his mother, Natea, and has engaged in numerous charitable initiatives throughout his 12-year NFL career. The CRC Foundation, which is named for his late father, Charles, is committed to the enhancement of the community through the teaching of critical life skills to young people.

28 responses to “Calais Campbell named Walter Payton Man of the Year

  1. Sort of humbling and nice to read about this player’s efforts and sacrifices to make the world a better place. Thank you, Calais Campbell.

  2. Honest question:
    Would there even be a WPMotY nominee if any of thee players were working on less concussions and trying to find an end to brain damage and CTE?
    We get the propaganda from the NFL on this.
    But would they support a player coming out to do what he could to expose and end it?
    Somehow I doubt it.

  3. I’m just waiting for a Steelers fan to come in and complain that it should have gone to a Steeler.

  4. patriotmaleorgy says:
    February 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    Does anyone do any charities for rural kids?
    I know the Vikings do. Every year Les Pico (Player Development) takes all the Rookies and several other players to Southern Minnesota and they hunt and fish with disadvantaged youth. It’s awesome to see because often times the players are learning to fish right along with the kids. It’s all arranged by Law Enforcement and a really cool thing to see

  5. patriotmaleorgy says:
    February 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    Does anyone do any charities for rural kids?
    Who’s stopping you?

  6. hedleykow says:
    February 1, 2020 at 8:22 pm
    patriotmaleorgy says:
    February 1, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    Does anyone do any charities for rural kids?
    Who’s stopping you?
    Just a question there tiger. You ready for that final vote on Wednesday? I am.

  7. From Wikipedia:

    “The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award is presented annually by the National Football League honoring a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. Prior to 1999, it was called simply the NFL Man of the Year Award. Shortly after Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton died, the award was renamed to honor his legacy as a humanitarian.”

    What a legacy. And what a high honor to be named Walter Payton Man of the Year.

  8. This is the only NFL player award that I care about, congratulations Calais, and thanks for all your hard work helping our communities.

  9. finzfan49 says:
    February 1, 2020 at 9:39 pm
    Isn’t he sorta a cheap shot guy or am I confusing him with someone else??
    Come on man, look at that face. Is that the face of a cheap shot artist? I think not.

  10. redballsucks says:
    February 1, 2020 at 10:23 pm
    I live in Jax. There are allot pretty sketchy hoods here. Seriously, this man is a god send to Jax!
    If it’s that bad in Jax, I’d move to a more sophisticated place like Alabama or West Virginia.

  11. Calais is a leader both on and off the field. He is passionate and full of heart, both for football and humanity. He deserves this recognition for his dedication to local communities. Love this! Congratulations!!

  12. He gave a wonderful speech. Thank you for your service, Calais, as well as the nominees from the other 31 franchises.

  13. This is one fine young man
    He should be held up as the poster player of the NFL
    Very impressed by his background and what overcame and how he is now giving back

  14. I hated when my REDSKINS didn’t draft this guy when he came out of Miami in 2008,,,we had 3 picks in the 2nd round and after we selected a tight end DeSean Jackson went to the eagles and the pick after him was Campbell,,,years later Jackson and Campbell are still in the league

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