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Cam Heyward is the Steelers Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Today the Steelers announced Cameron Heyward as their 2015 nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. When it was announced, the fifth-year defensive end was humbled.

“To even be mentioned with a name like Walter Payton is an awesome thing,” said Heyward. “He was one of my dad’s heroes and he is one of mine. He was a great person off the field as well.”

The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service, as well as his playing excellence. And Heyward definitely is a standout in both areas.

Before the season started, Cameron launched his Sacks for Foster Children campaign which allowed fans to pledge any dollar amount per team sack the Steelers earned this year. The campaign's mission is to help provide better opportunities to children in need. You can view his fundraising campaign here: https://pledgeit.org/cameronheyward.

About the Award

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970. It was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton.

Each of the 32 team nominees receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation to their charity of choice. The winner will receive an additional $50,000 donation to his charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

Charity Challenge

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Charity Challenge is now live! Show support for your favorite nominees and they could win an additional donation to their charity, courtesy of Nationwide. Cast your vote for any of the 32 nominees by simply using that player's unique Charity Challenge hashtag (players and hashtags listed below) on any social media platform now through December 31, 2015. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most will receive a $20,000 donation from Nationwide to further support their cause. #WPMOYCharityChallenge

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Published on December 2, 2015

by JohnPaul Bennett

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