NFL announces 32 nominees for 2022 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award
Winner to be announced at NFL Honors the Thursday before Super Bowl LVII
"We are proud to present the nominees for this year's Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the League's most prestigious honor," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "These 32 men are recognized for their excellence on the field and the selfless work they do off the field in their hometowns and local team communities. Collectively they represent Walter's humanitarian spirit of giving back in ways that makes us all incredibly proud."
All 32 team winners will be highlighted as nominees and recognized for their important work during the week leading up to Super Bowl LVII. The 2022 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide will be announced during NFL Honors, a prime-time awards special to air nationally the Thursday (Feb. 9) before Super Bowl LVII on NBC.
All 32 nominees will receive up to a $40,000 donation in their name to their charity of choice. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive up to a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.
Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide's 8th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee's last name and/or his Twitter handle anywhere within the tweet. The player whose unique mention is used the most between Dec. 6 and Jan. 8 will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.
For more about the award and the nominees, see the full NFL news release here.
Below is a list of the 2022 nominees:
|Arizona Cardinals||Zach Ertz|
|Atlanta Falcons||Chris Lindstrom|
|Baltimore Ravens||Chuck Clark|
|Buffalo Bills||Dion Dawkins|
|Carolina Panthers||Derrick Brown|
|Chicago Bears||Jaylon Johnson|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Sam Hubbard|
|Cleveland Browns||Joel Bitonio|
|Dallas Cowboys||Dak Prescott|
|Denver Broncos||Dalton Risner|
|Detroit Lions||Jared Goff|
|Green Bay Packers||Aaron Jones|
|Houston Texans||Christian Kirksey|
|Indianapolis Colts||Shaquille Leonard|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Tyler Shatley|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Patrick Mahomes|
|Las Vegas Raiders||AJ Cole|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Derwin James Jr.|
|Los Angeles Rams||Tremayne Anchrum|
|Miami Dolphins||Jaelan Phillips|
|Minnesota Vikings||Adam Thielen|
|New England Patriots||Lawrence Guy|
|New Orleans Saints||Demario Davis|
|New York Giants||Saquon Barkley|
|New York Jets||Solomon Thomas|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Brandon Graham|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Cameron Heyward|
|San Francisco 49ers||Arik Armstead|
|Seattle Seahawks||Tyler Lockett|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||William Gholston|
|Tennessee Titans||Derrick Henry|
|Washington Commanders||Charles Leno Jr.|
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