Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton leads fan vote with four days remaining.
Each season every NFL team nominates one candidate as their Walter Payton Man of the Year representative and in 2019, the Carolina Panthers nominated franchise quarterback Cam Newton for this honor. These players are not only recognized for their on the field efforts but also having an impact on the local communities where they live. Prior to this season, the group was always narrowed to a few finalist before the winner was announced at the NFL Honors ceremony prior to the Super Bowl.
This season all 32 players are being recognized for their impact but only one will take home the trophy on awards night. To generate interest, four years ago a social media component was added, as an additional award of $40,000 in donations was assigned to the top-three finishers in a fan vote of the nominees.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen previously represented the team and despite not being awarded the grand prize, his support from fans pushed him to a victory in this newer component Nationwide deems the Man of the Year Charity Challenge.
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Using the hashtag #WPMOYChallenge and a player’s last name, fans can “vote” for their favorite on the Twitter platform. Polling is open for one month, December 12 – January 12, and with just a few days remaining Newton has established a commanding lead.
With 569,742 votes, Newton has more than double second place – Washington long snapper Nick Sundberg (273,325). Kyle Rudolph (250,288), Bobby Wagner (167,095) and Kyle Van Noy (81,723) round out the top five.
The winner receives a charitable donation of their choosing for $25,000 so log on and make sure to keep using (#WPMOYChallengeNewton) to keep the Panthers quarterback in first place throughout the remainder of the contest.
See who wins the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on Superbowl eve – February 1, 2020.