Walter Payton Man of the Year


Since 1970, the NFL has awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award to recognize a player’s off-the-field community service, as well as his playing excellence. The Jets award winner will receive $50,000 to donate to the 501(c)(3) organization of his choice. The team’s recipient is eligible to win the national Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and be recognized at a press conference during Super Bowl Week.  The national winner will receive $500,000 to donate to the 501(c)(3) organization of his choice. The Jets have had two national winners, Marty Lyons in 1984 and Boomer Esiason in 1995.

Winners (since 2001)

2001 – Kevin Mawae, C

2002 – Mo Lewis, LB

2003 – Marvin Jones, LB

2004 – Kareem McKenzie, T

2005 – Kevin Mawae, C

2006 – Chad Pennington, QB

2007 – Jerricho Cotchery, WR

2008 – Tony Richardson, FB

2009 – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, T

2010 – Tony Richardson, FB

2011 – Dustin Keller, TE

2012 – Brandon Moore, G

2013 – Kyle Wilson, DB

2014 – Muhammad Wilkerson, DL

2015 – Eric Decker, WR

2016 – Brandon Marshall, WR

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