Veteran outside linebacker Chad Greenway is the Vikings’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. The league announced today the 32 NFL players honored as the Man of the Year for their respective teams, recognizing them for their impact on and off the field.
Three of these nominees will be selected as finalists for the award. The winner will be announced during the annual NFL Honors awards show, which is Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl.
Greenway and the 31 other team nominees receive a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The winner will receive an additional $50,000 donation and the two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000.
“Serving their communities and philanthropic causes is a strong and long-standing tradition of NFL players,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “These outstanding young men embrace and represent that important commitment of giving back to our communities. We salute and thank our players for their leadership.”
Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis won the award last year.
In other off-the-field award news, offensive tackle Phil Loadholt is the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award this year. Loadholt, a team leader who is active in the community, worked his way back from a season-ending injury last season and will have to do it again after suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon this preseason.