Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is one of 32 nominees for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award, according to an official announcement from the NFL.
.@NFL Announces 32 Nominees for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award #WPMOY https://t.co/3goRyBRAJ6 pic.twitter.com/BTn5CPoIzX— NFL345 (@NFL345) December 8, 2017
The annual award is designed to recognize “outstanding community service activities as well as excellence on the field.”
"I'm so proud to be the Philadelphia Eagles' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award," Jenkins said via the team’s site. "I think it's important for athletes on any level, but especially pro athletes, to use their platform for more than themselves, more than the monetary gains, but to really make an impact."
In addition to being such a good and versatile defender, Jenkins has done a lot of great work off the field during his time with Philadelphia. Earlier this year, Jenkins was selected as the NFLPA’s Byron "Whizzer" White, which is the highest honor the player’s union can bestow on a player.
The Eagles haven't had a Walter Payton award winner since retired cornerback and current NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent took home the honor in 2002.
Jenkins, along with each of the 32 team nominees, will receive a donation from the NFL Foundation to the charity of their choice. Two runner-ups will receive an additional donation, and the overall winner will receive an even bigger additional donation in his name.
Finalists will be announced in January 2018. The award winner will be announced during the annual NFL Honors awards show on February 3.
“At the end of the day, I want to be known as being more than just an athlete.”#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/4xYK08zsWf— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 8, 2017