Eli Manning shares Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
A big congradualtions to Eli Manning, co-nammed NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award along with Larry Fitzgerald for all their countless charitable works. Manning was well spoken in his accepantnce speech and challenged us all to help someone in need.
“As a player in the NFL, we have a global platform to play a game we love and influence an untold number of people. We have a unique opportunity to make a difference. However, the public doesn’t often hear our response to that call. So I’m really proud of the NFL, and Nationwide, for highlighting the great work that so many players are doing in their communities for people in need.
“Because of the example of Walter Payton, and how (his widow) Connie, (children) Jarrett and Brittney have perpetuated his legacy, 32 players were nominated by their teams for their efforts to better their respective communities and impact vulnerable people. Thank you to the Payton family for your consistent leadership. I want to thank the New York Giants, Allison Stangeby, and the Mara and Tisch families for their support and encouragement in reaching my charitable goals.
“My commitment is to help sick kids. Their struggle isn’t easy, but their spirit, their laugh, their smile, and their belief that everything will be okay continually amazes me, and hurts me at the same time. If we and the NFL and others in our communities commit to step in, we can lessen that struggle, ease that hurt, spark that hope. I challenge everyone here to help some person in need. You choose. But go out of your way to make a difference in someone’s life. I promise you, it’s worth it.
Once again congrats to Eli, well deserved. Please take a look at Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center and help support Eli’s Challenge if you can.