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.
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 NFL.com/manoftheyear.
2015 WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR TEAM WINNERS
|Arizona Cardinals||Patrick Peterson|
|Atlanta Falcons||Patrick DiMarco|
|Baltimore Ravens||Steve Smith Sr.|
|Buffalo Bills||Eric Wood|
|Carolina Panthers||Greg Olsen|
|Chicago Bears||Matt Forté|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Carlos Dunlap|
|Cleveland Browns||Gary Barnidge|
|Dallas Cowboys||Brandon Carr|
|Denver Broncos||David Bruton Jr.|
|Detroit Lions||Stephen Tulloch|
|Green Bay Packers||Sam Barrington|
|Houston Texans||J.J. Watt|
|Indianapolis Colts||Dwayne Allen|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Zane Beadles|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Eric Berry|
|Miami Dolphins||Ryan Tannehill|
|Minnesota Vikings||Chad Greenway|
|New England Patriots||Devin McCourty|
|New Orleans Saints||Benjamin Watson|
|New York Giants||Eli Manning|
|New York Jets||Eric Decker|
|Oakland Raiders||Justin Tuck|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Connor Barwin|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Cameron Heyward|
|San Diego Chargers||Darrell Stuckey|
|San Francisco 49ers||Anquan Boldin|
|Seattle Seahawks||Richard Sherman|
|St. Louis Rams||Chris Long|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Vincent Jackson|
|Tennessee Titans||Delanie Walker|
|Washington Redskins||Ryan Kerrigan|