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The NFL announced today the 32 players honored as their team's Man of the Year. Representing the best of the NFL's commitment to philanthropy and community impact, these players are now eligible to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field.

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Three of these nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, who died in 1999. Finalists will be announced in January 2016.

The winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors awards show, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS.

Each of the 32 team nominees receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive an additional $50,000 donation. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

"Serving their communities and philanthropic causes is a strong and long-standing tradition of NFL players," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "These outstanding young men embrace and represent that important commitment of giving back to our communities. We salute and thank our players for their leadership."

To further celebrate and promote the 32 nominees, Nationwide, the presenting sponsor of the award, will execute an inaugural Charity Challenge. Team nominees will each have a unique hashtag and fans will be encouraged to tweet using player hashtags. The player hashtag that generates the most mentions will win a $20,000 donation to his charity of choice from Nationwide.

"As a company who understands the importance of community service and giving, Nationwide is proud to be the sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award," said Nationwide's Chief Marketing Officer Terrance Williams. "While only one of these men can win the award, the fact that they have been nominated makes them, and the communities they serve, winners. We congratulate this year's nominees and thank them for their leadership."

Below is a list of team nominees. For more team nominees and award information, visit


Arizona CardinalsPatrick Peterson
Atlanta FalconsPatrick DiMarco
Baltimore RavensSteve Smith Sr.
Buffalo BillsEric Wood
Carolina PanthersGreg Olsen
Chicago BearsMatt Forté
Cincinnati BengalsCarlos Dunlap
Cleveland BrownsGary Barnidge
Dallas CowboysBrandon Carr
Denver BroncosDavid Bruton Jr.
Detroit LionsStephen Tulloch
Green Bay PackersSam Barrington
Houston TexansJ.J. Watt
Indianapolis ColtsDwayne Allen
Jacksonville JaguarsZane Beadles
Kansas City ChiefsEric Berry
Miami DolphinsRyan Tannehill
Minnesota VikingsChad Greenway
New England PatriotsDevin McCourty
New Orleans SaintsBenjamin Watson
New York GiantsEli Manning
New York JetsEric Decker
Oakland RaidersJustin Tuck
Philadelphia EaglesConnor Barwin
Pittsburgh SteelersCameron Heyward
San Diego ChargersDarrell Stuckey
San Francisco 49ersAnquan Boldin
Seattle SeahawksRichard Sherman
St. Louis RamsChris Long
Tampa Bay BuccaneersVincent Jackson
Tennessee TitansDelanie Walker
Washington RedskinsRyan Kerrigan
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