Michael Bennett nominated for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

Annette Crawford
December 8, 2017

J.J. Watt, Malcolm Jenkins, Greg Olsen and Alex Smith are among the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award given by the NFL.

Along with the various charitable organizations and causes he contributes to in Chicago, he continues to do a lot of work for the Living Hope Christian Ministries founded by his parents Dr. Sonny Acho and Christy Acho. For more information about LHCM, please visit http://www.livinghopeministries.us/.

Jordan has also been making a big impact off of the field. Acho also serves as an NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Player Ambassador and American Diabetes Association Team Tackle member, through which he has lobbied on Capitol Hill to help raise awareness for diabetes.

That means that Bennett was named as the team's Man of the Year and now eligible to win the national award.

Finalists are announced in January during halftime of the AFC championship game and the victor will be revealed at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press announces its individual award winners, on the night before the Super Bowl.

There is a new twist this year, with previous winners of the award to wear a special jersey patch of Payton's cloaked silhouette.

New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan is arguably having the best season of his illustrious seven-year career on the field.

Each nominee will receive a $50,000 donation to the charity of his choice and an additional $50,000 donation in his name to expand the NFL's Character Playbook. The two other finalists will each receive a $100,000 donation to their charity of choice and a $100,000 donation in their names to expand Character Playbook. The NFL will also donate $100,000 for the other finalists, and $50,000 in donations for the other 29 nominees around the NFL. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and United Way Worldwide. This year's nominees were announced on Thursday night.

Johnson has been committed to giving back since his rookie season in the league.

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