David Johnson Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee
Thursday, December 12, 2019

GLENDALE (DECEMBER 12, 2019) – The NFL announced on Thursday morning that All-Pro Running Back David Johnson will be the Arizona Cardinals’ team nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Presented by Nationwide, this highly regarded award recognizes the NFL player who best demonstrates excellence on and off the field. The winner will be chosen on February 1, 2020, during Super Bowl weekend. Along with the 31 other team nominees announced by the NFL on Thursday, Johnson is now eligible as a finalist to win this prestigious award.

Since joining the league in 2015, David Johnson has shown his strength on and off the field as a First-Team All-Pro player and a pillar in the community. In his rookie year, Johnson and the Arizona Cardinals made the playoffs before stumbling with a loss in the NFC Championship. The following year, Johnson avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” and was named a First-Team All-Pro player as well as making his first Pro Bowl Team.

In 2017, David and his wife Meghan started the Johnson Family’s Mission 31 Foundation to help seriously-ill children and their families, working with local hospitals through the “David’s Locker” outreach program and providing education and entertainment opportunities to the patients and their families via a mobile cart containing iPads, laptops and gaming consoles. Remaining very active with their charity, the Johnsons attend every ribbon cutting for each David’s Locker and spend time with the patients and their families in attendance.

Each player selected as a team nominee receives a $50,000 donation to the charity of his choice as well as an additional $50,000 donation made in his name to expand the NFL’s Character Playbook. The winner of this prestigious award ultimately receives a $250,000 donation to his charity. Johnson will look to join Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Jason Witten, Thomas Davis, JJ Watt and Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald as the only active NFL players who have won the award previously. In honor of his Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nomination, Johnson’s helmet will feature a decal of the trophy’s silhouette for the remainder of the season.

As part of the announcement, fans will have the opportunity to support their favorite nominee by participating in Nationwide’s Fourth Annual Charity Challenge. Through this social media campaign, fans are encouraged to post about their favorite nominee using the #WPMOYChallengeJohnson hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The player with the most mentions using their unique hashtag will receive an additional $25,000 for his charity of choice, courtesy of Nationwide. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.


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