Chris Long wins Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in Africa

Sonja Greenfield NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

 

**This article contains views of the author and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Our Turf Football.**

There are plenty of NFL players that are doing great things in their various communities, and they all deserve to be celebrated.

One such player is Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Chris Long.  As you know, he was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man Of The Year this past Saturday.  Long, like the other nominees for the award, has long been a good guy in his community.  However, to me, he sticks out for some very important reasons.

I’ve always felt that if you’re given a platform to do some good, then it’s your responsibility to do just that. Not that you have to, of course, but it’s a good thing to do.

Long’s Waterboy initiative has been in place since 2016. Its goal is to bring fresh water to the African country of Tanzania by building sustainable wells.  The goal is to build 32 wells, one for every team in the NFL.  He is bringing together veterans, NFL players, and has recently expanded to include NBA players as well.

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Miami Dolphins 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of The Year nominee

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Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Congratulations to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills who is Miami’s nominee for this year’s Walter Payton Man of The Year award. He has been nominated in back to back seasons.

 


The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970. It was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community.
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Haloti Ngata For Walter Payton Man Of The Year

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s that time of year again where I’m sure your twitter feed is getting filled with RTs from people who are trying to get their team’s nominee to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.  The Walter Payton Man of The Year Award goes to the player who is involved in their community off the field.

Each team nominates a player who they feel is most deserving.  The winner will get a total of $500,000, with half going to the winner’s charity of choice, and the other half going to Character Playbook.  Character Playbook is a digital learning initiative that helps children learn how to build character, and develop good interpersonal skills.  This is an initiative between the NFL and United Way.

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