Eli Manning, Anquan Boldin, Ben Watson finalists for Walter Payton Man of Year

By The Sports Xchange  |  Jan. 25, 2016 at 12:25 AM
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New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin are the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

The honor will be presented to the winning at the annual NFL Honors on Feb. 6 in San Francisco the night before Super Bowl 50.

The winner receives a $55,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice and the two runners-up will receive an $11,000 donation. The other 29 team finalists received a $5,000 donation. Donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

Boldin's foundation has awarded 13 four-year college scholarships through the "Q81" fund.

Chair of the New York March for Babies for the past seven years, helping raise over $25 million since. Manning also spearheads "Tackle Kids' Cancer," an initiative with Hackensack University Medical Center. Manning and his wife established the Eli and Abby Manning Children's Clinics in 2007 in Mississippi, kicking off a five-year fundraising campaign that raised close to $3 million. Building on that accomplishment and model, they also established the University of Mississippi Medical Center Manning Family Fund, which received close to $1.5 million in its first year.

Watson has been involved in numerous charities and causes, including the NFL's domestic violence awareness and prevention mission, recovery from Hurricane Katrina in and around New Orleans and sponsored a holiday shopping spree for 25 families.

Finalists are chosen arbitrarily by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Payton's widow, Connie Payton, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Anthony Munoz, former San Diego Chargers and New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson and the 2014 award recipient, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.

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