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The NFL has announced its finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Bears QB Jay Cutler are some of the marquee names on the list.
The NFL today announced the 32 players who have been named their team’s Man of the Year. The nominated players represent the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact and are now eligible to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide.
Three of these nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the legendary Hall of Fame Bears RB who died in 1999. Finalists will be announced in January 2015. The winner will be announced in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX, during the annual NFL Honors awards show, on Saturday, January 31.
Each of the 32 team nominees receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to the charity of their choice. The three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 donation, and the winner will receive an additional $20,000 donation in his name.
“We admire and support the important work that these players and so many other NFL players are doing to serve their communities,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The NFL is filled with outstanding young men who help schools, shelters, and countless other organizations and good causes. We thank our players for recognizing the positive impact they can have in the lives of their fellow citizens and seizing that opportunity to make a difference.”
Here are the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award:
Arizona Cardinals – DL Calais Campbell
Atlanta Falcons – PK Matt Bryant
Baltimore Ravens – WR Torrey Smith
Buffalo Bills – RB Fred Jackson
Carolina Panthers – LB Thomas Davis
Chicago Bears – QB Jay Cutler
Cincinnati Bengals – Vincent Rey
Cleveland Browns – Craig Robertson
Dallas Cowboys – RB Demarco Murray
Denver Broncos – Ben Garland
Detroit Lions – LB Stephen Tulloch
Green Bay Packers – QB Aaron Rodgers
Houston Texans – WR Andre Johnson
Indianapolis Colts – P Pat McAfee
Jacksonville Jaguars – PK Josh Scobee
Kansas City Chiefs – LB Tamba Hali
Miami Dolphins – DL Olivier Vernon
Minnesota Vikings – LB Chad Greenway
New England Patriots – DB Devin McCourty
New Orleans Saints – P Thomas Morstead
New York Giants – P Steve Weatherford
New York Jets – DL Muhammad Wilkerson
Oakland Raiders – FB Marcel Reece
Philadelphia Eagles – DL/LB Connor Barwin
Pittsburgh Steelers – CB William Gay
San Diego Chargers – QB Philip Rivers
San Francisco 49ers – WR Anquan Boldin
Seattle Seahawks – QB Russell Wilson
St. Louis Rams – Johnny Hekker
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Vincent Jackson
Tennessee Titans – Jason McCourty
Washington – FB Darrel Young