On Wednesday it was announced that tight end Greg Olsen was named the Carolina Panthers nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. Every NFL team nominates one player for the award that group is trimmed down to three players next month. The winner of the award is announced the Saturday before the Super Bowl during the NFL Annual Honors award show.
The Panthers currently have the last two winners of the award on the roster with linebacker Thomas Davis winning the award last year and Charles Tillman winning it as a member of the Chicago Bears in 2013.
Olsen has been heavily involved in the community, particularly with the Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. According to their website:
Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation was established in 2009 to provide hospitals, doctors and scholars the resources necessary to enhance the lives of those affected by various forms of cancer and cardiovascular diseases or disorders. We partner with local and national organizations in our pursuit to discover a cure for these debilitating diseases.
Olsen said on the Panthers' website about the nomination: "It's a tremendous honor. We have a few players on our team who have won it, and they are tremendous people. It's a great honor to be chosen as that representative when there are so many good guys in this locker room. It means a lot."
As a nominee, the Panthers' tight end received $5,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. However, he could also win another $20,000 to be donated by Nationwide, the sponsor of the award, to a charity of his choice if he wins the Charity Challenge. Each nominee was given a unique hashtag, Olsen's is #OLSENWPMOYCHALLENGE, and the player's hashtag that is used the most will be awarded the prize for his charity.
For a full list of nominees, CLICK HERE.