Brandon Graham is the Philadelphia Eagles’ nominee for the 2022 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
Brandon Graham has been nominated for the 2022 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The Walter Payton Award annually recognizes an NFL player for community service contributions as well as on-field play. The 34-year old Graham will serve as the Eagles’ nominee.
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“I’m incredibly honored to be named the Eagles’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year,” Graham said in a statement released by the team. “My journey in Philadelphia over the past 13 years has been a humbling one. This city has embraced me and supported me throughout my career.”
“It’s been a blessing to not only play in front of the best fans in the NFL, but to have the chance to give back to a community that has now become my home. I’ve cherished every moment of this journey, and I’m grateful to be recognized alongside an inspiring group of men who are making a difference in their communities.”
Graham is in his 13th season with the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s fourth in franchise history with 64.5 sacks and is still making major contributions to the team this season, notching 5.5 sacks through the first 12 games.
Obviously, Graham has the on-field accolades that makes him an easy nominee, but it’s his work with “Team Graham” off the field that really exemplifies him as a person and a member of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise.
Team Graham gives resources to organizations and causes in Graham’s hometown of Detroit. They also mentor children and provide clothes and food to families in need. On top of that, Graham is an active participant in the Eagles Autism Foundation and does a ton of volunteer work with March of Dimes, Make a Wish, Ronald McDonald House, American Heart Association, and Liberty USO.
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All 32 nominees for the 2022 Man of the Year Award will receive up to a $40,000 donation in their name to a charity of their choice. And the winner of the award will receive up to a $250,000 donation to a charity of their choice. Donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.
Fans can vote for Graham on Twitter by using the hashtag #WPMOYChallenge followed by “Graham” or his handle @brandongraham55 anywhere within the tweet. The player whose mention is used most will receive an additional $25,000 donation to a charity of their choice, while second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, respectively.
Since the award began in 1970, the Eagles have had three players win the Man of the Year Award: Chris Long (2018), Troy Vincent (2002), Harold Carmichael (1980).