Russell Wilson Up For Walter Payton Man Of The Year On NFL Honors This Saturday

The Seahawks quarterback is a strong candidate for the prestigious award, which recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field. 


Before Super Bowl Sunday, don't miss NFL Honors on Saturday at 6 p.m. on CBS. Hosted by Steve Harvey, the show will unveil the winners of a number of season awards, as well as the newest Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Awards include:

  • MVP
  • Offensive Player of the Year
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • Defensive Rookie of the Year
  • Comeback Player of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Walter Payton Man of the Year

Russell Wilson is the Seahawks' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and his case is as strong as anyone's. The award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field, and Wilson shined in both areas throughout 2020, setting a franchise record with 40 touchdown passes on the field, while contributing in numerous ways in the community during one of the most challenging years imaginable. His list of philanthropic efforts in 2020 is not only lengthy in terms of actions taken, but also wide in its breadth of issues tackled, from donations to address food security during the COVID-19 pandemic to speaking about racism at the 2020 ESPY Awards to launching a tuition-free public charter school to efforts to increase voter registration in advance of the 2020 election. Just last week, he teamed up with the Seahawks and NFL FLAG to announce a new NFL FLAG league, Russell Wilson NFL FLAG Football, available to boys and girls ages 4-14 in the Seattle area.

All 32 Man of the Year nominees receive a $40,000 donation in their name to the charity of their choice, and the winner will receive a $250,000 donation to their charity of choice. Additionally, the winner will wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys for the rest of their playing days.

Tune in on Saturday at 6 p.m. on CBS to see if Russ can take home this incredible honor.

Russell Wilson's community service efforts have been numerous and varied, a big reason he has received the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award and 2022 Bart Starr Award. Take a look at photos of Wilson in the community from throughout his time with the Seahawks.

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