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Giants news, 12/10: Eli Manning is Giants' Walter Payton Man of the Year

New York Giants headlines for Thursday, December 10.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some headlines for you to follow this Thursday.

Eli Manning receives fifth Man of the Year Award

Each year, the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is given to the player on each NFL team who displays excellence not only on the football field, but in the community as well. This year, Giants quarterback Eli Manning is the recipient of the award for Big Blue, his fifth time receiving the honor.

"My dad (Archie) played at the same time as Walter Payton, and has some stories and always talked about what a great person he was," Manning said. "He was a prankster and just a joy to be around and worked extremely hard and he had only great things to say about him. From everything wonderful I’ve heard about him, it’s an honor to receive this award for the Giants team. I’m proud about the work I do, on and off the field."

Manning has been involved in different charities since he was drafted by the Giants in 2004, including March of Dimes and the American Red Cross. Some of the ventures Manning has more recently become involved with include Tackle Kids Cancer in conjunction with Hackensack University Medical Center, and the Robin Hood Foundation.

"It seems like each offseason I find a new one that’s intriguing to me that I want to help out - different causes and different ways to help out other people," he said. "A new initiative comes up, or you have a friend, or you have a story, or you know somebody and you want to get involved in another aspect or another opportunity. A lot of them deal with children, helping out sick children and trying to get them back with their families, back home, back in school and living the lives they should be living."

Between his job, family, charitable commitments and endorsement obligations, Manning is extremely busy throughout the year. But, he is already determined to pass on the gift of giving to his children.

"As my kids get older, I want them to understand the importance of being a part of a community, and helping out people that are less fortunate, and how many blessings they have," he said. "I want them to have that in their life and an understanding of how important it is to be [able to] help out other people and different causes."

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