Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson paraphrased a line from the New Testament Saturday night as he accepted the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his COVID-19 relief efforts and other charitable causes during the pandemic.
The award is given to a player in recognition of his “outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on it.”
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious honors given to an NFL Player.
Every season, each of the NFL’s 32 franchises nominates one player to receive the award.
As the winner, a $250,000 donation will be made to Russell and Ciara Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation, founded in 2014 to fight poverty through education and youth empowerment.
Each nominee for the award who did not win received a $40,000 donation in their name to their chosen charity.
With 2020 plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic, Wilson directed his charitable efforts toward feeding children, families and the elderly.