Bears tight finish Trey Burton is among the 32 nominees introduced Thursday for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Yr award.
Different notable finalists are former Bears Julius Peppers and Robbie Gould, Broncos’ Von Miller and the Eagles’ Chris Long.
“It’s an unimaginable and humbling honor to be nominated,” Burton stated in a press release. “I’m so grateful for everybody who has supported me in my profession, most importantly my wife, household, teammates, coaches and the Bears organization. To even be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton is actually special and I hope to continue following in his footsteps to make an enduring influence on our group.”
Burton has pledged to donate $1,000 per catch and $2,500 per landing to International Justice Mission, a worldwide group that aims to remove slave trade. Thus far, Burton has raised over $50,000. He has additionally chosen to help IJM for My Cause, My Cleats.
Burton can also be one in every of 5 gamers on the Bears social justice committee.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman gained the 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Yr, marking the franchise’s fifth player to be so honored: Payton (1977), Dave Duerson (1987), Mike Singletary (1990) and Jim Flanigan (2000).
In contrast to prior to now, when three finalists have been chosen earlier than a recipient was chosen, one player from each NFL staff is a finalist. All might be recognized and take part in NFL features throughout Tremendous Bowl week. The Man of the Yr can be revealed at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press’ individual NFL awards are announced Feb. 2 in Atlanta.
The Man of the Yr is honored for excellent group service off the sector, as well as excellence on it. It was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 for the Hall of Fame operating again.
“The Man of the Yr Award provides us the opportunity to acknowledge 32 exemplary gamers whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the sector,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated. “This yr’s nominees have used their platforms to rework communities throughout the nation. We’re pleased with their work and rejoice their dedication and impression by way of this award.”
The five present gamers who have gained the award — Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning and J.J. Watt — put on a Man of the Yr patch on their jerseys. All 2018 finalists will put on a Man of the Yr helmet decal starting this week via the top of the season.
Listed here are the finalists:
Arizona Cardinals: Antoine Bethea
Atlanta Falcons: Grady Jarrett
Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Carr
Buffalo Payments: 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…