Golden Bear Pair Up For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year
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Marshawn Lynch and Lorenzo Alexander honored for their work in the community.

Golden Bear Pair Up For Walter Payton NFL Man Of The Year

Lynch And Alexander Nominees For NFL’s Top Community Service Honor

BERKELEY – Former Cal football players and Oakland natives Marshawn Lynch and Lorenzo Alexander were announced Thursday as two of the 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide. Alexander (Buffalo Bills) and Lynch (Oakland Raiders) earned their nominations by being named their own team's Man of the Year.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton.

All 32 team winners will be highlighted as finalists and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LIII. The 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, on CBS. NFL Honors will be at Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Five hundred thousand dollars will be donated in the name of the 2018 winner. $250,000 will be donated in his name to expand Character Playbook, the NFL and United Way's digital character education program. An additional donation of $250,000 will be donated to the charity of his choice. All other 31 nominees will receive a donation of $50,000 in their name to expand Character Playbook and an additional donation of up to $50,000 to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.

Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide's 4th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote by using #WPMOYChallenge on Twitter with their favorite nominee's last name somewhere in the post between December 6 and January 13. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.
 
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