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Giants' Steve Weatherford Nominated For The Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

Weatherford's charitable efforts are well-known in the New York/New Jersey area.

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Tuesday the NFL announced the 32 candidates for the Walter Payton Man Of The Year award. Each team had one player named their "Man Of The Year".

Of the many fine players, and men, on the New York Giants' roster, punter Steve Weatherford is this year's nominee. Many of the Giants' players are active in the community, both through their own efforts and through head coach Tom Coughlin's Jay Fund, and Weatherford is one of the most active.

He uses the opportunities open to him to give back to the children in surrounding communities. He serves as a mentor to over 73,000 kids through the Boys and Girls' Club of New Jersey, making many personal and video appearances. He is also the "Head Coach" for New York City wellness programs to help educate children on the importance of nutrition and exercise. Weatherford also regularly visits hospitals to brighten the day of many patients.

Steve is currently working through his World Champion foundation on "Project Prom", a program to give a special prom experience to students and schools still affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Each of the "Man Of The Year" nominees will receive $1,000 toward a charity of their choosing. Three finalists will be announced in January 2015, with the award being presented on Jan. 31 at the Fourth Annual NFL Honors awards show. Each of the finalists will receive an additional $5,000, and the winner will receive $50,000 toward a charity of their choosing.