A number of NFL players have done remarkable work in their respective communities. But there are three that have been specifically recognized for their efforts.
Former Georgia Bulldogs tight end Benjamin Watson (Baltimore Ravens), along with Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, were named finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The award is given to the NFL player that honors a player’s volunteer and charity work as well as his excellence on the field.
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“It means a lot to be one of the final three amongst 32, but really amongst the whole league,” Watson said via a release. “There are a lot of men in this league who do great things in their communities domestically, as well as internationally. It is an honor to be selected as a finalist.”
This is the second time that Watson is a finalist, as he was back in 2015. Watson’s One More foundation is described as a vehicle to “carry the hope and love of Christ to those who need it most, while understanding that the best and most efficient way to reach people’s hearts is by first meeting their physical needs.” One More’s mission is to be a “blessing to those around us wherever we are, whether that’s supporting existing charities or initiating programs of our own.”
Watson hauled in 61 catches this year for 522 yards and 4 touchdowns this past season for the Ravens. The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award will be awarded on Feb. 3, the day before the Super Bowl.