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Things to Know About the 2019 NFL Man of the Year Award

The NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the league.

What is the Man of the Year Award?

Established in 1970, the award aims to recognize an NFL player who displayed outstanding service to his respective community, aside from his on-field excellence.

Each team nominates one football player who had a significant positive impact on the community.

Who is Walter Payton?

Although the award is already in its 50th year, it was renamed after Walter Payton in 1999. Payton was a Hall of Famer running back for Chicago Bears.

Mike Ditka described him as one of the greatest football players but even greater as a human being.

His legacy lies in leaving a lasting impact when it comes to organ donations. Payton himself, and subsequently his charity, called for greater awareness about its importance, at the national level. 

Payton also spearheaded toy donation drives when he was still alive. The collected toys are donated to various institutions housing underprivileged children in Chicago on Christmas day.

Chicago Tribune named him the greatest Bears of all time.

Who selects the Man of the Year awardee?

A special committee composed of the NFL Commissioner, the last year’s winner (who will be Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long), and former football players who have also won the said award. 

There could only be one winner.

Did Drew Brees win the Walter Payton Award?

Yes, Brees did win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2006.

Brees was one of the six active football players who have won the award. The others are Jason Witten (2012), Thomas Davis (2014), Larry Fitzgerald (2016), Eli Manning (2016), and J.J. Watt (2017).

What patch is on Drew Brees and Eli Manning’s jersey?

The patch, which is a trophy silhouette, was introduced in 2017, and Brees was the first to play wearing the new jersey design. 

Past winners who are still actively playing continue to wear jerseys with the Man of the Year patch. This is to recognize their contributions to the league and their respective communities.

In 2019, it will be different because all the nominees wear a helmet with the Man of the Year decal. They will wear it from Week 15 onwards until the season ends. This is to recognize their on and off-field accomplishments.

What is the WPMOY Challenge?

NFL’s partner, Nationwide, has a separate Charity Challenge, which is now on its fifth year. It is a Twitter campaign that allows fans to support and promote the nominees. 

The #WPMOYChallenge should be used, followed by the last name of the chosen nominee. The player with the most number of tweets from December 12 to January 12 will win. 

The three winners will receive $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 donations for their chosen charities.

Based on the leaderboard found in the NFL’s website, the top five contenders of the Charity Challenge are:

  1. Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings TE)
  2. Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks LB)
  3. Kyle Van Noy (New England Patriots DL)
  4. Nick Sundberg (Washington Redskins LS)
  5. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers QB)

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2019 NFL Man of the Year Nominees and Their Notable Contributions (Pt. 2)

In the first part, we’ve listed down the first 15 nominees of the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Below are the contributions of the next 17 nominees to complete the roster.

2019 NFL Man o the Year Award nominees

Dustin Colquitt (Kansas City Chiefs P): Leads TeamSmile and is involved with Athletes in Action, Fuel Up to Play 60, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Uchenna Nwosu (Los Angeles Chargers LB): Supports Children’s Diabetes Foundation and aids in gang reduction in Los Angeles with seven-figure support for the Summer Night Lights programme

Andrew Whitworth (Los Angeles Rams OL): His The Big Whit 77 Foundation supports youth and their families as well as Make-A-Wish and I Have A Dream Foundations; donates his game check to victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting as well

Davon Godchaux (Miami Dolphins DT): Supports the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) fundraising activities; his Chauxdown Foundation also donates to various cancer-related causes in honour of his sister who is presently battling cervical cancer

Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings TE): Supports the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, in partnership with his End Zone, an initiative designed to help the youth undergoing therapies 

Kyle Van Noy (New England Patriots DL): His Van Noy Valor Foundation encourages personal valour among the lives of adopted, foster, and disadvantaged children

Terron Armstead (New Orleans Saints OL): His Terron Armstead Foundation inspires and empowers the youth to develop life skills through sports

Nate Solder (New York Giants OL): Partners with Compassion International to support the holistic development of children in under-resourced countries such as in Uganda and Guatemala

Jonotthan Harrison (New York Jets OL): Supports STOMP Out Bullying to end the bullying crisis in the US; he raises awareness through social media and speaking engagements 

Tahir Whitehead (Oakland Raiders LB): Participates in team community initiatives such as Crucial Catch to interact with the survivors and their families and helps in delivering toys at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland during the holidays; also supports homeless veterans

Malcolm Jenkins (Philadelphia Eagles DB): His Malcolm Jenkins Foundation commits to youth development in underserved communities in New Orleans and other areas in Philadelphia

Maurkice Pouncey (Pittsburgh Steelers OL): His Team Pouncey Foundation promotes the success of disadvantaged youth, providing opportunities for children at risk through grants and programs

Richard Sherman (San Francisco 49ers DB): His Blanket Coverage Foundation, also known as Richard Sherman Family Foundation, supports students in low-income communities through providing them with school supplies and clothes

Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks LB): Supports various causes including stroke awareness in the Seattle area; delivers supplies to homeless encampment sites, and hosts holiday shopping events to support those in need of groceries and Christmas presents

Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR): His Mike Evans Family Foundation supports the needs of families in low-income communities and holds events to raise funds in support of various advocacies such as college scholarships

Ben Jones (Tennessee Titans OL): His The Jones Mission raises money to donate to different organizations serving at-risk youth

Nick Sundberg (Washington Redskins LS): Volunteers for community service events and supports player activism; donates washers and dryers to schools to reduce absenteeism rates, also introduced the laundry program in homeless shelters

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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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