BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday that wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been named the Cleveland Browns' 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
The team said that Landry's performance both on and off the field marks him as one of the best players in the NFL. You can see a highlight video of Landry on the NFL's website, here.
The Haslam family had this to say about Landry:
“While we greatly respect all of our players’ work in the community, Jarvis is truly deserving of this award as he has been a strong leader both on and off the field since coming to Cleveland,” said Dee and Jimmy Haslam. “We are proud that Jarvis is able to represent the Browns as our Walter Payton Man of the Year as he has made a significant impact in many important areas for our team, including through his commitment to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and youth football initiatives.”
Landry will be presented with the team's award at the end of the Browns' regular-season game against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 22.
According to the NFL, The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 after Walter Payton, the late Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back.
Every year, each team nominates a player who has made a "significant positive impact on his community." Every team nominee will receive $50,000 to donate to their favorite charity.
The overall winner will receive $250,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. The donations are made by the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. The overall winner will be chosen Feb. 1 on the eve of Super Bowl LIV, the NFL said.
Additionally, Nationwide said it encourages fans to take part in its 5th annual Charity Challenge campaign by voting for their favorite player.
You can support Landry by using the #WPMOYChallenge on Twitter and Jarvis Landry's last name.
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