Yes, Tom Brady is officially the Greatest of All Time. He and the Patriots are deserving of the Super Bowl given the 4th quarter heroics of Brady and his offensive line.
But while everyone else is talking about the incredible plays on the field, we wanted to shine a light on this: the story of this year's recipients (yes, there are two!) of The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. For only the third time in forty-seven years, two players shared the award for their selfless efforts in their communities: Eli Manning and Larry Fitzgerald.
The award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. It was established in 1970 but was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community.
Congrats to Larry and Eli and all the other players who were nominated. Their work is an inspiration which has helped many young people and families get through some very tough times. It's a reminder that all athletes have a very real responsibility to give back and make a difference for those less fortunate. And next year, we'll be watching closely again for the stories of the players who are leading by example both on and off the field...leaving an impact that may be overlooked while on-field records are being set, but never forgotten by the kids and families whose lives are forever changed.