Malcolm Jenkins is the Philadelphia Eagles’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee for the 2019 season, according to an official announcement from the NFL.
The annual award is designed to recognize “outstanding community service activities as well as excellence on the field.”
“Winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for me would be a huge honor and a way to acknowledge the work of everyone else who has allowed The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to be what it is,” Jenkins told PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “And that’s every volunteer, every person that we’ve been able to engage with in the community, every partner, every sponsor, my wonderful board, who has been with us from the beginning, allowing us to operate in four different states.”
Jenkins was previously nominated during the 2017 season but did not win. Former Eagles defensive end Chris Long was the winner for the 2018 season.
As one of 32 nominees, Jenkins will receive a donation of up to $50,000 in their name to their charity of choice. The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner will receive an additional $250,000.
Jenkins is undoubtedly a deserving winner. The veteran safety has done a lot of great community work off the field in addition to being an invaluable leader on the Eagles’ defense.
This season’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner will be announced during NFL Honors on February 1, the night before Super Bowl LIV.