The NFL revealed the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, with one player from each franchise in contention. The distinction ges to the player that best embodies the “commitment to philanthropy and community impact.” The winner will be revealed during NFL Honors Night at 9 PM ET on February 3rd, the eve of of Super Bowl LII.
The NFL will whittle these 32 nominees down to three (or so) finalists, with the with the winner to receive $500,000- split in half for their charity of choice and the NFL’s joint-endeavor with United Way called Character Playbook. The runners-up will receive $200,000, also split in half for their charity of choice and Character Playbook.
The winner will wear a special Walter Payton patch on their jersey for the remainder of their career.
- Reading to children.
- Visiting and supporting hospitals that “aid children and families battling cancer.”
- Supporting families in need during the holidays.
- Working with Fresh Truck since 2013 to grow the organization and to help deliver food to food deserts.
- Supporting children and adults with special needs.
- Raising funds “for children battling cancer.”
Solder was also nominated for the Patriots 2015 Ron Burton Community Service Award for giving back to the community.
Two other former Patriots were nominated, too. Baltimore Ravens tight end Ben Watson earned the nomination for his advocacy to combat sex trafficking and for his contributions to the schools in the Baltimore area. Indianapolis Colts defensive back Darius Butler is also nominated for his work with at-risk children during early childhood development.
Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck to Solder, Watson, and Butler.