In the same week that Bucs’ wide receiver Mike Evans may have seen his season end following a hamstring injury suffered against the Colts this past Sunday, he was named Tampa Bay’s nominee – one of 32 players across the league – for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
The award recognizes players for their community service efforts as well as their exemplary play on the field.
One player is selected from each team, their efforts being highlighted and recognized in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, and the winner will be announced the day before the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. Each player nominated will receive a $50,000 donation in their name to the charity of their choice and the winner will receive an additional $250,000 donation.
Fans can also participate between Dec. 12 and Jan. 12 by tweeting #WPMOYChallenge, followed by the last name of their chosen nominee. The player with the most fan tweets will receive a $25,000 donation while the second and third place finishers will receive donations of $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.
Evans held his charity bowling event on Monday, joined by multiple teammates, to raise money for his Mike Evans Family Foundation. Then on Tuesday morning, Evans held a holiday breakfast at the AdventHealth Training Center where he hosted 13 schoolchildren before presenting them all with presents from their holiday wish lists.
The events were a part of Evans’ annual Catch for Christmas campaign.