JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Calais Campbell has been nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
NFL players that win the award are recognized for their community service and their excellence on the field. Campbell will wear a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season in recognition.
He signed with the Jaguars in 2017 and has since been involved in the community, hosting events like Christmas with Calais, a holiday shopping spree for local kids who have completed extra lessons in financial literacy and Calais Campbell JaxPAL Youth Football and STEM Camp, which combines football and mentoring the youth.
Each year, 32 players are nominated and are given up to $50,000 in their name to their charity of choice.
The winner of the award is given a $250,000 donation to a charity they choose, courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.
“Calais means so much more to the NFL than being a great player on the field each and every Sunday,” said Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone. “He embodies all the traits that make someone a consummate professional, and his passion and love for the game and everything it represents is why he’s a perfect candidate for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. As a tenured veteran, Calais has made an impact everywhere he’s been during his football career, both inside the organizations he’s played for with his teammates, coaches and the staff, as well as in the community with his neighbors. With every second of free time, it seems like he’s always out in the city looking for a way to give back and make a difference. I’m honored to have had the privilege to coach a player and a man like Calais Campbell.”
The winner will be announced the night before the Super Bowl.
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