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Eli Manning is a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of The Year Award

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Eli Manning has been announced as one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of The Year award

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It isn't really an argument at this point that Eli Manning is the best quarterback in this history of the New York Giants. He already owns most of the franchise quarterback records and is climbing the league record books.

But Sunday the NFL announced that Eli has the chance to do something that no Giant has ever done, and win the Walter Payton Man of The Year award.

Eli was nominated for his good works with a variety of charities for area children as well as the American Red Cross, Guiding Eyes for The Blind, and many other causes.

The Man of The Year award was created in 1970 -- and renamed in 1999 to honor the late, great Walter Payton --  to honor a player who demonstrates excellence on and off the field. Each team nominates one player who has a significant positive impact in their community, and the winner will be announced at the NFL Honors ceremony the night before the Superbowl. Each of the 32 selections will receive a $5,000 donation to a charity of their choosing. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 while the award winner will receive an additional $50,000 donated to the charity of his choice.

Eli Manning is one of three finalists along with Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers and Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints.