The NFL each and each season acknowledges one participant from each and each of its teams with a Walter Payton Man of the Year honor. It acknowledges a participant no longer handiest for his or her play on the field, nevertheless impact on their neighborhood thru philanthropic projects.
Each of the 32 honorees are then up for the league’s general award. Sunday afternoon ahead of kickoff at Practical Bowl LVII, this yr’s high winner modified into once overwhelmingly booed.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott got this season’s honor. After closing yr’s winner NFL, retiree Andrew Whitworth, announced Prescott because the winner, a loud chorus of boos echoed at some stage in Disclose Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The Practical Bowl between Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles is technically a neutral place nevertheless the stadium confirmed extra fans in Eagles green than these in Chiefs crimson. The Eagles are a longtime rival, and nemesis, of the Cowboys. So when Prescott modified into once named the winner of an NFL humanitarian award, one in all the tip honors in the league, Eagles fans booed.
Eagles fans are acknowledged for loopy antics, love throwing snowballs at Santa Claus at some stage in a 1968 house sport towards the Minnesota Vikings. Or when the Eagles fans booed their crew after selecting quarterback Donovan McNabb in the 1999 NFL Draft. Or when Eagles fans reportedly beat up the Washington Redskins fan Zema Williams, who dressed up because the Redskins mascot, in 1983. Or when Eagles fans burned DeSean Jackson’s jersey after he left the crew.
On the 1968 house sport towards the Vikings, one person recalled their vision of snowballs thrown at Santa Claus.
“All hell broke free. Folks started no longer handiest booing, they started throwing. Now endure in mind, the recount is roofed in snow because it had snowed the day sooner than, and there modified into once snow all over the stands,” Richard Monastra suggested the Each day Pennsylvanian. “Many of the stands are serene covered in snow, we’re freezing our noogies off, it modified into once chilly as hell,” Monastra mentioned. “Folks started throwing snowballs. First it modified into once snow. Then comes beer cans, then bottles. Folks had been throwing their hoagie sandwiches at him, for God’s sake. They had been throwing anything they’ll also accumulate their hands on.”
Each Walter Payton Man of the Year receives a $40,000 donation to a charity, and the tip winner will get to donate up to $250,000 for his or her charity of possibility, courtesy of the NFL Basis and Nationwide.
Prescott modified into once named the Walter Payton Award winner real days sooner than the Practical Bowl.
“Thank you to the NFL, to Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, to Nationwide for recognizing the impact that we as NFL gamers can indulge in off the field,” Prescott mentioned. “To the Payton family, I genuinely indulge in such appreciation for Walter, to your magnificent family that continues the legacy thru your charitable work.
“That is one thing I’ve continuously mentioned, that I am hoping that once I raise out this sport, they’ll speak he modified into once a helluva participant, nevertheless he modified into once a much higher person.
Prescott recalled Dallas Cowboys greats who’d won this award as he licensed this honor.
“As a Dallas Cowboy, I’m honored to be half of the prior recipients of this award, such a prestigious award, which is Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Jason Witten,” Prescott mentioned. “These are males who I scrutinize up and indulge in learned plenty from. Being acknowledged, I could by no technique rob and not using a consideration and or no longer it’s one thing that I could rob pride in forever.”