Walter Payton NFL Man of the year

Presented by Nationwide

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970. It was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN, New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING and New Orleans Saints tight end BENJAMIN WATSON are the three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, the NFL announced.

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

The winner will receive a $55,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice and the two runners-up will receive an $11,000 donation. The other 29 team finalists received a $5,000 donation. Donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges comprised of NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, former NFL Commissioner PAUL TAGLIABUE, Sports Illustrated writer PETER KING, CONNIE PAYTON, football greats ANTHONY MUĂ‘OZ and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON and the 2014 award recipient, Carolina Panthers LB THOMAS DAVIS.

Charity Challenge

Congratulations to Eric Berry on winning the Charity Challenge, and a $20,000 donation to the charity of his choice, courtesy of Nationwide. Be sure to tune in on Sunday, January 24th to find out the three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, which will be announced during the AFC Championship Game.

Award Finalists

Award Nominees