Greg Olsen, Benjamin Watson and J.J. Watt are the three finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
The prestigious award honors NFL players who have shown not just excellence on the field, but have been leaders in volunteer and charity work.
Watt, who has missed most of the past two seasons to injuries, is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the Texans. The defensive end has long been active in charitable causes. He stepped up big in the wake of Hurrican Harvey, which devastated Houston. Starting a fund-raising campaign on social media, he raised more than $37 million in less than three weeks. In addition, his Justin J. Watt Foundation, founded in 2010, has provided more than $3.4 million in funding for youth sports.
Greg, Benjamin and J.J. have changed countless lives with their generosity and commitment to helping others, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. As remarkable leaders on and off the field, they personify the character of the late Walter Payton. We commend them for using their platforms to leave a positive impact on communities across the country.
The Portland guard hit his first nine shots — including seven 3-pointers — and scored 31 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 on Saturday night for their season-best sixth consecutive home win.
Lillard, who didn’t miss a shot until late in the third quarter, went 10 of 15 from the floor and handed out nine assists to lead Portland. Backcourt mate CJ McCollum scored 26 points, while Evan Turner had 17 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 13.
Portland tied a season high with 18 3-pointers. Six Blazers made at least two each, led by Lillard’s seven.