Walter Payton Man of the Year

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Walter Payton Man of the Year

Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing over 275 pounds, Anthony Munoz was the embodiment of the prototypical NFL offensive tackle. He had the size and power to dominate on the field. All he needed was the chance to prove his worth. Despite suffering a series of knee injuries in college that had some scouts questioning his long-term durability, Munoz didn't just live up to expectations when the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him third overall in 1980, he shattered them.

As a stalwart anchor along the Bengals' offensive line during his 13-year Hall of Fame career, Munoz proved to be more than just a reliable tackle leading the charge up front. The behemoth lineman who started for Cincinnati in both their Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XVI and XXII) also showed off his skills as a pass catcher on a number of occasions. Munoz caught a total of seven passes for 18 yards and four touchdowns over his career, another accomplishment to go along with a Hall of Fame resume that included 11-straight trips to the Pro Bowl and 11-consecutive All-Pro years. Munoz also holds the distinction of being the first, and only, Cincinnati Bengals player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A 1991 recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Munoz continues giving back to the people of Cincinnati and the surrounding communities today through the work of his charitable organization, the Anthony Munoz Foundation. The Munoz Foundation is committed to engaging the youth of the Tri-State region mentally, physically and spirtutally, teaching them how to overcome adversity the way Munoz himself did his entire career.

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