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Calais Campbell wins Walter Payton Man of the Year


The 2019 NFL award season is here. With it, came the NFL Honors on Saturday, where the end of season awards were handed out.

One of the most prestigious awards is the Walter Payton Man of the Year. The award is given to a player who not only excels on the field, but off it as well, doing work in the community.

According to Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk.com, this year, that award was given to Calais Campbell, the superstar defensive lineman of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Calais Campbell’s impact extends far beyond the field, into communities throughout Phoenix, Jacksonville and beyond,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “During his 12 seasons in the league, he has been a tremendous role model for the youth he serves through his CRC Foundation and is incredibly deserving of the league’s most prestigious honor.”

Campbell is an elite defensive talent. In 2019, he racked up 56 tackles (10 for loss) and 6.5 sacks. He also had one pass deflection, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

He is fantastic at getting to the quarterback, and elite when it comes to stopping the run. However, this is not about his ridiculous talent on the football field. It’s all about the person he is on, and off of it.

Campbell got a glowing statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell right there. That shows the respect he has in the league.

There were a lot of deserving players in the NFL. Plenty of stars do a lot of good in their community. It speaks volumes to just the type of person that Campbell is that he was the one to take home the award though.

A huge congratulations to Campbell for winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.