In addition to the work they do on the field, many 49ers are also “All-Pros” off the field
The NFL has a whole set of awards it gives its players after every season. Fans wait to see who will win Defensive Player of the Year or Most Valuable Player. Those awards among others, honor on-the-field excellence.
There is one other award though which honors success off the field. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award honors a player who has achieved excellence serving his local community or in some cases the global community.
The award was named after the late, great Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton who himself was a great humanitarian. The award was first established in 1970 but was renamed in 1999 to honor Payton after his untimely passing.
Every year one player is nominated from each of the 32 NFL teams for the award. Although only one person can win it all, each of the 32 nominees represents a high level of character and have all done great work for the world.
As a fan of the San Francisco 49ers organization, all of the nominees of this award have brought the fanbase much to be proud of. Even though there has only been one winner who represented the 49ers during the history of the award, all of the nominees have done outstanding work.
All of the nominees have brought the franchise great pride, but there are some instances of service that stand out.
Here are three 49ers players highlighted, that stood out recently with their acts of service and made us all proud.