Giants punter Steve Weatherford has been nominated for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year, an award that honors players who best represent league's commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
Weatherford is one of 32 nominees for the award, three of whom will be selected as finalists next month. The winner of the award will be announced in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX, during the fourth Annual NFL Honors awards show, a two-hour primetime special to air nationally on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9-11 p.m. ET on NBC.
Each of the 32 team nominees 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, and the winner will receive an additional $20,000 donation in his name.
"We admire and support the important work that these players and so many other NFL players are doing to serve their communities," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "The NFL is filled with outstanding young men who help schools, shelters, and countless other organizations and good causes. We thank our players for recognizing the positive impact they can have in the lives of their fellow citizens and seizing that opportunity to make a difference."
In addition to running his own foundation, Weatherford makes numerous appearances for a variety of charities including organizations like Project Prom, Kicks for Kids and Rush the Punter. He is also a spokesperson for Second Chance Toys, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Steve Weatherford Charity for Ghana.
Weatherford was the recipient of the NFL Players Association's Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award in 2013, which honors work in the community as the NFL player who best served his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron "Whizzer" White, who was a Supreme Court justice, professional American football player, naval officer, and humanitarian.
By Nick Powell | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | December 16, 2014