Teammates is proud to congratulate Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the second annual "NFL Honors" held last night in New Orleans. The award is the only league award that recognizes a player's community service as well as his playing excellence. The other two finalists were Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
"These players are three GREAT humanitarians,” said Teammates Co-Founder Garth Brooks. “Thomas has been a great help to our foundation for years, Witten has been very kind in hosting the SuperCamp that Teammates is involved with, and Fitzgerald is ALWAYS everywhere when it comes to events that help kids in need. All three are teammates, and we could not be more proud of their character on and off the field. They all deserve the award."
The three finalists were chosen from among the 32 team nominees for the award, all of whom receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to the charity of their choice. The three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 donation in their name. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will receive the Gladiator statue, an original art creation by noted sculptor, Daniel Schwartz. In addition, the player's favorite charity will receive a $20,000 donation in his name.