Rodney McLeod is the Philadelphia Eagles’ Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee for the 2020 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.’
Here’s a nice video of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie surprising McLeod with the news:
.@Rodney_McLeod4’s WPMOY nomination didn’t surprise anyone in our organization… except for him.#WPMOYChallenge McLeod pic.twitter.com/hU1jAfHpDV— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 10, 2020
“It means a lot to me to be nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award,” McLeod wrote for PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “I’m not really in it for the recognition. I do it all from the love and kindness of my heart and the understanding that it takes each individual to make this world a better place.”
McLeod was previously named an NFLPA Community MVP in Week 2 for distributing 40,000 pounds of fresh food for families while also providing polling information and opportunities for on-site voter registration. And that’s just one example of the great work he’s done in the community over the years.
For as bad of a season the Eagles are having, it’s nice to see McLeod recognized for making a positive impact off the field.
The winner of this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award will receive $250,000 donated to the winner’s charity of choice. All other 31 nominees receive up to $40,000 donated to their charity of choice.