Terre Haute's Steve Weatherford is one of 32 nominees in the National Football League for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Weatherford has been an active philanthropist in New York, where he lives and is the punter for the New York Giants, as well as in his hometown. Weatherford hosts the Rush the Punter 5K and Kick for Kids events in Terre Haute that fund school education programs.
Weatherford posted a reaction on his Facebook page: "I am incredibly honored to nominated for the Walter Payton 'Man of the Year' award. A special THANK YOU to my friends, fans, and family for all the love and support!"
Weatherford also founded the World Champion Foundation. According to his website, the foundation is "combining his love for physical activities that bring families together, his admiration of those inspired kids who make a difference in their communities, and a lifelong crusade to provide nutrition and fitness information to children and their parents, the World Champion Foundation becomes the focal point of all Steve’s life changing programs."
Three of these nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the legendary Bears running back who died in 1999. Finalists will be announced in January 2015.
The winner 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."
By Tribune-Star Staff | www.tribstar.com | December 16, 2014