Three community-minded NFL players will be recognized during Super Bowl week as finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, it was announced Sunday. Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers and Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears are the top candidates for this year's award, named for the legendary Bears running back who died in 1999.
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.
The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced in Indianapolis, the site of Super Bowl XLVI, during "NFL Honors," a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 4 from 9-11 p.m. ET on NBC.