Eagles nominate Chris Long for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

Mike Dougherty
December 07, 2018 - 11:23 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has been nominated for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award which recognizes greatness off the field. It will be given out before the Super Bowl in February.

Each team gets a nominee. Chris Long is the Eagles representative and in a candid interview, he said he's proud but it's a bit of an awkward feeling.

"Cuz you're like 'ahh I don't think I'm that great of a guy' you know what I mean? You're like 'uh I screw up all the time' you know,” Long said. “There's a lot of great men in this locker room and around the league, so it's hard to be nominated for something like Man of the Year and think 'yeah they did the right thing.' But I'll take it. I'm humbled by it."

Long has committed to several causes including helping veterans, the global clean water crisis, and raising money and awareness for education equality.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Laurie says Long has done a remarkable job of leveraging his platform as an athlete to create life-changing opportunities for so many people.

Fans can vote for Long on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge and his last name in a post between December 6 and January 13.

Last year, the Texans JJ Watt won it after raising millions of dollars for victims of Hurricane Harvey.