According to Chicagotribune.com, Cornerback Charles Tillman has been named the Bears nominee for the 2008 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The prestigious award is the only NFL award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service, support and activities as well as his playing excellence.
The award has been in existence since 1970 and honors NFL players who demonstrate outstanding balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities. In 1999, the league renamed the Man of the Year award after Walter Payton as a tribute to his greatness both on and off the field.
All 32 finalists, one from each NFL team, will receive a $1,000 contribution toward a charity of his choice, and the overall winner will receive $25,000 to donate to his selected charity.
The 2008 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year winner will be announced during Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference prior to Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.