By Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has been named the Packers’ team nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and is among the league’s most prestigious awards.
Three of the nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. Finalists will be announced in January.
The winner will be announced in Minneapolis at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 3, the night before Super Bowl LII, from 7 to 9 p.m. CST on NBC. The award winner, two finalists and additional 29 team nominees will receive donations in their name to the charity of their choice.
For the third year, each Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee will also take part in the Charity Challenge, a social media challenge that encourages fans to tweet using a unique hashtag for each player. The player hashtag that generates the most mentions between Dec. 11 and Jan. 7 will win an additional $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice. The second and third place winners will receive a $10,000 and $5,000 donation, respectively, for a charity of their choice.
Fans can support Matthews by tweeting with the hashtag #WPMOYChallenge + Matthews to help Matthews earn a donation to his chosen charity, CureDuchenne. Matthews will also be recognized with a Man of the Year decal on his helmet for the remainder of the season.
In his ninth season in the NFL and with the Green Bay Packers, Matthews was selected as the Packers’ nominee to honor his continual investment of his time and talents outside of football in the community.
A team player and versatile linebacker, Matthews has participated in a variety of charitable golf outings, bowl-a-thons, and softball games. He’s helped support philanthropic work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Jimmy V Foundation, Hugs from Holly and met with the top students who collected food at St. Mark’s Lutheran School.
The six-time Pro Bowler frequently spends time with Make-A-Wish kids at Lambeau Field, has surprised children at Make-A-Wish events and has raised funds for the organization. He also has worked diligently to raise awareness and funds for CureDuchenne, a cause near and dear to Matthews since he first heard of the disease in 2010. He has filmed PSAs, met with those who have the disease and featured the CureDuchenne organization on his cleats for My Cause, My Cleats.
Matthews was honored for his dedication to CureDuchenne and his other community causes with the 2017 Community Service Award at the Packers Welcome Back Luncheon prior to the beginning of the season.
For more information on the team nominees and the award, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.