J.J. Watt named finalist for NFL’s Man of the Year award
MADISON ,Wis. — Houston Texans linebacker J.J. Watt, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson were named finalists Sunday for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, according to NFL.com .
“Greg, Benjamin and J.J. have changed countless lives with their generosity and commitment to helping others,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Humbled & honored to even be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton. Also happy to share the nomination with @BenjaminSWatson and @gregolsen88 who are both extremely deserving. This is so much bigger than just one man. It’s about the good in all of humanity.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 21, 2018
Considered one of the league’s most prestigious honors, the Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field.
The winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour prime-time awards special to air nationally on Feb. 3.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Watt solidified his importance to the city of Houston by being an unwavering fixture of hope, according to NFL.com. While watching the events unfold from a hotel room in Dallas, J.J. posted a video on social media announcing a fundraising campaign with a very reasonable goal of $200,000, to which he matched the first $100,000. In 19 days, he raised more than $37 million.
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