Jason Taylor a finalist for Walter Payton award
Joining Taylor as top candidates for this year’s award, named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back, who died in 1999, are Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Taylor is hoping to join Hall of Famers Dwight Stephenson (1985) and Dan Marino (1998) as Dolphins to receive this honor.
"Walter Payton represented everything that is great about our game, so to be considered for an award bearing his name is truly an honor,” Taylor said in a statement released through the Dolphins. “The list of individuals who have won this award in the past is an impressive one, especially those from the Dolphins organization in Dwight Stephenson and Dan Marino.
"They are all outstanding people both on the field and in their communities. We have hundreds of players in the NFL that are doing amazing things in their communities every day, so it means a lot to me and our Foundation to be recognized among that group."
The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced live before Super Bowl XLII, on February 3.