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The NFL announced the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide. Each of the 32 players, one from each team, was selected for representing the best of the NFL's commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
Considered one of the league's most prestigious honors, the award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field and excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton.
"The Man of the Year Award gives us the opportunity to acknowledge 32 exemplary players whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the field," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "This year's nominees have used their platforms to transform communities across the country. We are proud of their work and celebrate their dedication and impact through this award."
The 2018 award winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air on the eve of Super Bowl LIII. The winner will receive $500,000 in donations to support the NFL’s Character Playbook initiative and the charity of their choice. The other 31 nominees will each receive donations in their name totaling $100,000.
"Nationwide is honored to help highlight and support the incredible efforts of this year's team nominees," said Nationwide's Chief Marketing Officer Terrance Williams. "We hope others are inspired by these 32 men to make positive differences—big and small—in their own communities. Congratulations and thank you to each of the nominees for their leadership both on and off the field."
Fans can take part in Nationwide's 4th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote by using #WPMOYChallenge on Twitter with their favorite nominee's last name somewhere in the post between December 6 and January 13. The player with the most hashtag mentions will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, courtesy of Nationwide.
All 2018 nominees will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning Week 14 and continuing through the end of the season in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field.
For more information on the nominees and the award, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.
Below are the 2018 nominees:
|Arizona Cardinals||Antoine Bethea|
|Atlanta Falcons||Grady Jarrett|
|Baltimore Ravens||Brandon Carr|
|Buffalo Bills||Lorenzo Alexander|
|Carolina Panthers||Julius Peppers|
|Chicago Bears||Trey Burton|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Carlos Dunlap|
|Cleveland Browns||Christian Kirksey|
|Dallas Cowboys||Dak Prescott|
|Denver Broncos||Von Miller|
|Detroit Lions||Matthew Stafford|
|Green Bay Packers||Kenny Clark|
|Houston Texans||Whitney Mercilus|
|Indianapolis Colts||Jabaal Sheard|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Blake Bortles|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Dustin Colquitt|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Corey Liuget|
|Los Angeles Rams||Andrew Whitworth|
|Miami Dolphins||Kenny Stills|
|Minnesota Vikings||Kyle Rudolph|
|New England Patriots||Devin McCourty|
|New Orleans Saints||Mark Ingram|
|New York Giants||Michael Thomas|
|New York Jets||Kelvin Beachum|
|Oakland Raiders||Marshawn Lynch|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Chris Long|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Cameron Heyward|
|San Francisco 49ers||Robbie Gould|
|Seattle Seahawks||K.J. Wright|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Gerald McCoy|
|Tennessee Titans||Jurrell Casey|
|Washington Redskins||Vernon Davis|