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Winning any of the AP's individual NFL awards Craig Robertson Jersey Stitched , from MVP to top rookie, means plenty to players.Being nominated for, no less winning, the Walter Payton Man of the Year award means more.Don't minimize how proud a guy is when he's voted one of the prestigious individual awards. It's a portion of his resume that jumps off the page the way Saquon Barkley hurdles over potential tacklers.But being selected for the Payton award, renamed in 1999 for the great Chicago Bears running back and humanitarian, involves so much more than football achievements."It is probably one of my greatest accomplishments," says 2013 winner Charles Tillman, who played 12 seasons at cornerback for the Bears and his final year with the Panthers. "It really shows the true character of a person."When fans see us, they just assume a lot of times we are just athletes. They don't know what these men do on their days off during the season, in the community. A lot of players really put their community service in every week of the year. They get their charity work done and their volunteer work."The Walter Payton Award is about excellence off the field. I am proud to be associated with that award."Who wouldn't be? In a time when many NFL players have been criticized or even condemned for their protests of social and racial injustice during the national anthem, many 鈥?if not most of them 鈥?also have been doing good deeds in their communities. They don't do it for recognition or applause. As Tillman notes, they do it because they can "shed light on a bigger thing. It's not just football. It's about being a good person, serving other people and loving other people."Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one player from every NFL team is a finalist. All will be recognized and participate in NFL functions during Super Bowl week. The Man of the Year will be revealed at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press' individual NFL awards are announced Feb. 2 in Atlanta.Five current players have won the award: Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning and J.J. Watt Youth Ken Crawley Jersey , and they wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys. All 2018 finalists will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning this week through the end of the season."It's a tremendous honor," Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum says. This week, Beachum surprised Ca'moore Jones, an eighth-grade student at Orange Preparatory Academy in New Jersey, with two Super Bowl tickets. Moore was nominated by his teacher, Glenn Gamble, for his performance and growth with the Character Playbook course that is embraced by the NFL."Just the name Walter Payton, he's the gold standard," Beachum said. "What he did off the field and on the field, his excellence is bar none, top in history. So to be mentioned in the same name and the same breath as him, it's truly humbling."Humbling is an appropriate word because the award finalists often feel that sensation during their community work."I've been blessed to play in this league for 13 years and to be a part of some really good seasons," says Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who is heavily involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "But making a difference in someone's life will go beyond football any day of the week. It's not just about the game, it's about the opportunity to bring people together. When I look back and think about my NFL career, the time spent out in the community giving back to people in need will always be the most touching to me."Adds Colts DE Jabaal Sheard: "With our jobs as NFL players comes a huge platform to brighten and improve the lives of others, and that's what I strive to do every day."Tillman knows firsthand how kind and giving people can be. His own family was helped in 2008 when his infant daughter Tiana needed a heart transplant. Magali Garcia, the mother of 9-week-old Armando, who died in a Minnesota hospital Ken Crawley Jersey Stitched , offered her son's heart.To Tillman, Magali Garcia is a hero, not him. She is what the Payton award is all about."When my daughter needed a new heart, another person stepped up and decided to take a bad situation and turn it into a success story," Tillman says. "She not only blessed my family but other families with her choice."For all we do in our foundation, it is a great blessing for what this woman did for her son. Magali, she is the one who actually is blessing those people, blesses them every day, and doesn't even know it. She served my family and a lot of families and she made an amazing choice. A tough decision. I think about her son a lot and I truly am sorry. She is a part of my family, and for us to have this story that has bonded us, and this connection, and to turn that negative into something positive by blessing other people ... I get great satisfaction in that."So when the NFL Honors program is televised the night before the Super Bowl, pay special attention to the names below. Maybe stand up and give them an ovation for the truly special things they do:Arizona Cardinals: Antoine BetheaAtlanta Falcons: Grady JarrettBaltimore Ravens: Brandon CarrBuffalo Bills: Lorenzo AlexanderCarolina Panthers: Julius PeppersChicago Bears: Trey BurtonCincinnati Bengals: Carlos DunlapCleveland Browns: Christian KirkseyDallas Cowboys: Dak PrescottDenver Broncos: Von MillerDetroit Lions: Matthew StaffordGreen Bay Packers: Kenny ClarkHouston Texans: Whitney MercilusIndianapolis Colts: Jabaal SheardJacksonville Jaguars: Blake BortlesKansas City Chiefs: Dustin ColquittLos Angeles Chargers: Corey LiugetLos Angeles Rams: Andrew WhitworthMiami Dolphins: Kenny StillsMinnesota Vikings: Kyle RudolphNew England Patriots: Devin McCourtyNew Orleans Saints: Mark IngramNew York Giants: Michael ThomasNew York Jets: Kelvin BeachumOakland Raiders: Marshawn LynchPhiladelphia Eagles: Chris LongPittsburgh Steelers: Cameron HeywardSan Francisco 49ers: Robbie GouldSeattle Seahawks: K.J. WrightTampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoyTennessee Titans: Jurrell CaseyWashington Redskins: Vernon DavisAP Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed. Hopefully Okafor will be back in 2019."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialSaints 2018 Year in Review: Alex OkaforNew,4commentsHopefully Okafor will be back in 2019.CDTShareTweetShareShareSaints 2018 Year in Review: Alex OkaforDerick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsAfter missing the last six games of 2017 due to a torn Achilles which landed him on Injured Reserve, there were questions about when Alex Okafor would be able to return to football. Even still, there were questions surrounding what type of player he would be once he was finally able to suit up.In an impressive showing of strength, conditioning, and mental determination, Okafor was ready for Week 1 of the 2018 season Youth Wil Lutz Jersey , and played (and started) all 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last year. It admittedly took a few games before Okafor looked like his former self on tape, but he still finished with a strong season. All in all, Okafor combined for 36 total tackles, 9 quarterback hits, 4 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery.In the postseason, Okafor added another three tackles, including one for loss, and three quarterback hits.Alex Okafor - At a GlanceApproximate Value: 7 (tied career high)Defense Grade: 69.4 (43rd)Run Defense Grade: 68.3 (45th)Pass Rush Grade: 60.5 (67th)Coverage Grade: 71.3Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsBy Week 7, Okafor looked like the player Saints fans were used to seeing in 2017. Look at his pursuit of the quarterback and persistence on this play:The sack helped add Drew Brees to the short list of Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as only the third quarterback in NFL history to have registered a win against each of the 32 NFL teams.Okafor’s lone fumble recovery for the Saints in 2018 was a big one, helping the Saints still a victory from the jaws of defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers.With the NFC South and the #1 seed in the NFC all but locked up, the Saints elected to rest their starters in their Week 17 contest against the Carolina Panthers. Sitting Okafor and making sure he was instead healthy for the start of the postseason meant Okafor missed out on his $400,000 bonus he was set to receive if he reached 5 sacks on the season. With only four sacks in 2018, the Saints elected to pay Okafor the bonus anyway in what was a classy move by the organization.Okafor is set to be a free agent this offseason. To a team that was patient with Okafor’s healthy after his Achilles injury and “did right by” Okafor in paying the $400,000 bonus that they were not required to pay, hopefully this built up some good will to entice Okafor to stick around for at least one more year.


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