Jason Witten given Walter Payton Man of the Year award

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year for his volunteer and charity work in 2012.

“I am extremely flattered to be chosen the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year from such an esteemed group of nominees,” Witten said in a statement. “I work hard every day not only to be a success on the football field and a credit to my team – but to be a good husband, father, son, grandson, teammate – to be the kind of man that is as respected as Walter Payton was.”

As the winner of the award, Witten also receives an additional $20,000 donation to his favorite charity, as well as a Gladiator statue to commemorate his achievement.