first_img Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year honor.Panthers tight end Greg Olsen and Giants quarterback Eli Manning also remain in the running for the award given to NFL stars who go above and beyond in their communities.“Larry, Eli and Greg are not only top-tier athletes, but also men of great character, integrity and generosity of spirit,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “Their passion for community and helping others is having a positive impact on countless individuals and communities, and it’s something we should all celebrate” . “We commend these impressive men for setting the standard for NFL players and athletes nationwide.” For the winner of the award, which will be announced Feb. 4, the night before Super Bowl LI, $1 million will be donated. Half will go to a charity of the winner’s choosing, while another $500,000 will be donated to the expansion of Character Playbook, a joint educational project between the NFL and United Way. In this Oct. 17, 2016, file photo, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) speaks after an NFL football game against the New York Jets, in Glendale, Ariz. Fitzgerald, Miami’s Mike Pouncey and the New York Jets’ Brandon Marshall are among the 32 players eligible for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Its a tremendous honor to be named a finalist for the @NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year with great men such as @gregolsen88 & Eli Manning.— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) January 23, 2017The two runner-ups will each receive $125,000 to give to a charity of their choice and another $125,000 to Character Playbook.Fitzgerald finds himself in the running for the honor thanks to his charitable work in Arizona and in Minnesota.Fitzgerald’s foundation, The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, has provided grants of more than $1 million to promote reading and technology access for students K-12 and to support efforts to prevent and cure breast cancer and support breast cancer survivors. Fitzgerald has also teamed with national and international charities to serve as a volunteer to promote vision care for children, to fit people around the world with hearing aids and to visit countries in Africa to promote economic development. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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