Oakland Raiders defensive end is the Raiders Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

Oakland Raiders defensive end is the Raiders Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.

The NFL announced it's 32 nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award on Wednesday and defensive end Justin Tuck was named this year's Raiders nominee.

Tuck is a captain for the Oakland Raiders, but has also been a force in the community. According to NFL.com, the veteran defensive end has "been a strong supporter of education and litaracy for over eight years." 

Him and his wife, Lauran, developed R.U.S.H. for Litaeracy in 2008, and have been working to provide access to books and close the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans.

Tuck has held numerous charity events over the years to help battle illiteracy, including in Oakland.

Teammates, both present and former, tweeted out their support for Tuck to win the award. One of them was former Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew. 


Three of these nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, who died in 1999. Finalists will be announced in January 2016. 

The winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors awards show, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 9-11 p.m. ET on CBS.

Each of the 32 team nominees receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive an additional $50,000 donation. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

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