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The Walter Payton Man of the Year award is given annually by the National Football League honoring a player's volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. Prior to 1999, it was called simply the NFL Man of the Year Award. Shortly after Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton died (having been the 1977 recipient himself), the award was renamed to honor his legacy as both a great player and a humanitarian. Each year, a winner is selected from 32 nominees from the 32 different teams. A panel of judges, which includes the commissioner of the NFL, Connie Payton(widow of Walter Payton), the previous year's winner and a number of former players, selects the winner of the award. The Man of the Year winner receives a $25,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice. The other 31 finalists also receive donations in their name of $1,000 each to charities of their choice.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winners

Year Player Position Team
2008 Kurt Warner Quarterback Arizona Cardinals
2007 Jason Taylor Defensive End Miami Dolphins
2006 Drew Brees
LaDainian Tomlinson
Quarterback
Running Back
New Orleans Saints
San Diego Chargers
2005 Peyton Manning Quarterback Indianapolis Colts
2004 Warrick Dunn Running Back Atlanta Falcons
2003 Will Shields Guard Kansas City Chiefs
2002 Troy Vincent Cornerback Philadelphia Eagles
2001 Jerome Bettis Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
2000 Derrick Brooks
Jim Flanigan
Linebacker
Defensive Line
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chicago Bears
1999 Cris Carter Wide Receiver Minnesota Vikings
1998 Dan Marino Quarterback Miami Dolphins
1997 Troy Aikman Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
1996 Darrell Green Cornerback Washington Redskins
1995 Boomer Esiason Quarterback New York Jets
1994 Junior Seau Linebacker San Diego Chargers
1993 Derrick Thomas Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
1992 John Elway Quarterback Denver Broncos
1991 Anthony Muñoz Tackle Cincinnati Bengals
1990 Mike Singletary Linebacker Chicago Bears
1989 Warren Moon Quarterback Houston Oilers
1988 Steve Largent Wide Receiver Seattle Seahawks
1987 Dave Duerson Safety Chicago Bears
1986 Reggie Williams Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
1985 Dwight Stephenson Center Miami Dolphins
1984 Marty Lyons Defensive Tackle New York Jets
1983 Rolf Benirschke Placekicker San Diego Chargers
1982 Joe Theismann Quarterback Washington Redskins
1981 Lynn Swann Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
1980 Harold Carmichael Wide Receiver Philadelphia Eagles
1979 Joe Greene Defensive lineman Pittsburgh Steelers
1978 Roger Staubach Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
1977 Walter Payton Running Back Chicago Bears
1976 Franco Harris Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
1975 Ken Anderson Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals
1974 George Blanda Quarterback Oakland Raiders
1973 Len Dawson Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs
1972 Willie Lanier Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
1971 John Hadl Quarterback San Diego Chargers
1970 Johnny Unitas Quarterback Baltimore Colts

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