NEW YORK — The NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award honours a man’s involvement in the community and performance on the playing field.
In this season marked by kneeling during the national anthem by some players as they protest social injustice, three of those demonstrators are on the list of 32 nominees announced Thursday.
Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett, Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins, and Miami wide receiver Kenny Stills often have been in the spotlight for their actions and words.
Their teammates who selected them as candidates for one of the league’s most prestigious honours appear to be showing support for that trio’s advocacy as well as for those players’ contributions on and off the field.
“I think the nomination comes from everything that has been going on, from having the courage we had last year to sit out for something we felt strongly about,” Stills says.
“And then all the work we’ve done here in the community, trying to bridge the gap between the community and the police. And the everyday work we’re doing trying to better the …read more