2019 nfl walter payton man of the year award

2019 NFL Man of the Year Nominees and Their Notable Contributions (Pt. 1)

The NFL recently announced the 32 nominees (one from each team) of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. It will be handed on February 1 during the NFL Honours, on the eve of the Super Bowl. 

One of these nominees will receive the prestigious award. All of them will receive a $50,000 donation to their choice of charity while the winner will receive a $250,000 donation.

All donations are from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

Nationwide is also continuously rolling out a Charity Challenge wherein fans can vote through Twitter by using the hashtag #WPMOYChallenge followed by the nominee’s name. Challenge winners will also receive $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000.

Let’s take a close look at the first 15 nominees’ most notable contributions.

2019 NFL Man o the Year Award nominees

David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals RB): His Mission 31 Foundation raises fund to provide opportunities for seriously ill children and their families

Ricardo Allen (Atlanta Falcons DB): A member of the Falcons’ Social Injustice Committee which addresses and resolves various forms of social injustices in Atlanta

Brandon Carr (Baltimore Ravens DB): His Carr Cares Foundation advocates for sports and education for children

Lorenzo Alexander (Buffalo Bills LB): His ACES Foundation encourages participation in sports to achieve a healthy mind and body and raises money for medical causes

Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers QB): His Cam Newton Foundation commits itself to enhance the lives of youth through addressing their educational, social, and physical needs

Allen Robinson II (Chicago Bears WR): His Within Reach Foundation targets to impact up to 5,000 students through various outreach programs by 2020

Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals RB): The Bernard Family Foundation, through Gio, aims to help Haiti, the family’s ancestral country

Jarvis Landry (Cleveland Browns WR): Champions finding a cure to cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder affecting the digestive system, lungs and other internal organs

Travis Frederick (Dallas Cowboys OL): His Blocking Out Hunger Foundation raises fund to support local food banks, fighting hunger in North Texas

Justin Simmons (Denver Broncos DB): Works directly with various community organizations, volunteering more than 3,500 minutes to 20 different local organizations in 2019 alone

Devon Kennard (Detroit Lions LB): Advocates for education and literacy and volunteers as a youth mentor

Blake Martinez (Green Bay Packers LB): Volunteers at homeless shelters; involves in Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Salvation Army; donates to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every 100 followers he earns on twitch.tv and 100% of the money he receives from ads and subscriptions

D.J. Reader (Houston Texans DL): Actively supports the National Kidney Foundation after losing his father to a kidney failure

Pierre Desir (Indianapolis Colts DB): Donated a weight room known as the FHC Performance Center to his former high school; also supports the Lupus Foundation of America 

Calais Campbell (Jacksonville Jaguars DL): His CRC Foundation donates to local charities in Denver; designates four charities every month to receive funds based on his on-field performance 

Learn how other NFL players contribute in Part 2 of this article.

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