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Texans DE J.J. Watt wins Walter Payton NFL Man of Year Award over Ravens TE Benjam
02-05-2018, 07:26 PM
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Texans DE J.J. Watt wins Walter Payton NFL Man of Year Award over Ravens TE Benjam
Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen were the other finalists for the award. Watt was considered the favorite after he raised $37 million in less than three weeks for relief efforts in Houston following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is given annually to a player who demonstrates excellence on and off the field.

After missing the entire 2016 season following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, Watson returned to the field and led the Ravens with 61 catches for 522 yards and four touchdowns.

The 37-year-old also continued to be a leading NFL voice on matters affecting the league and on social issues. A father of five, Watson has written books on both fatherhood and race relations and he’s a regular contributor on CNN and Fox News.

the One More Foundation, Kirsten, leading to their charity,Watson and his wife, traveled to the Dominican Republic in June, teaming up with the International Justice Mission to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against the poor. Watson also went to Lebanon last April to gather information about the Middle East’s refugee crisis.

helping underprivileged families and kids.,A Norfolk, Va., native who signed with the Ravens as a free agent before the 2016 season, Watson has also been extremely active in Baltimore

on the field and in the community.” He’s also the Ravens’ nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award.,On Saturday in Minnesota, Watson received the 2017 Bart Starr Award, which “best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home

He’s a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Watson is a pending free agent who acknowledged after his 14th season that he’s considering retirement.

the NFL and United Way’s digital education program that teaches middle school students how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships.,For being a finalist, Watson will receive $100,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. The NFL will also make a $100,000 donation to his name to Character Playbook

his humanity off the field, his legacy and everything he meant to football on the field, more important,“It's an incredible honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton, and,” Watt said. “This award goes to so many more people than just myself. It goes out to the City of Houston and everything they've been through. It goes to the hundreds of thousands of people who helped donate. And it goes out to my family and everybody who supported me. It's much bigger than just one man. It's about resiliency and the ability to overcome adversity.”

Watt is the fourth defensive lineman to win in the 48-year history of the award, the Chronicle reported. The others were Pittsburgh defensive tackle Joe Greene (1979), New York Jets defensive end Marty Lyons (1984) and Miami defensive end Jason Taylor (2007).

“To be able to represent Houston and be able to shine a light on some of the positive things that go on in the NFL all the time – some of the good work that goes on in the community – I think that's just so special,” Watt said during his acceptance speech. “The more we can all do in the community and help each other out the better off we're going to be.”

Congratulations are in order for Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. The iconic star won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at the NFL Honors ceremony on the eve of Super Bowl LII. The award is presented annually to the player who best exemplifies excellence on and off the field.

Watt’s heroic efforts to raise money and personally oversee the distribution of aid in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Harvey impact on the Houston area earned him what is considered the NFL’s most prestigious honor.

From the NFL’s official press release on Watt’s victory,

J.J. Watt solidified his importance to the city of Houston by being an unwavering fixture of hope. While watching the events unfold from a hotel room in Dallas, he raised more than $37 million. J.J. has dedicated himself to finding organizations that will apply the funds in the way he has promised the donors and victims of Harvey. He recently announced a plan with strategic partners, J.J. posted a video on social media announcing a fundraising campaign with a very reasonable goal of $200, to which he matched the first $100,Authentic Braxton Miller Jersey,000,In the wake of Hurricane Harvey,Authentic Jaelen Strong Jersey,000. In 19 days, making good on his promise to ensure that every dollar goes directly to the people of Houston and its surrounding areas that are in need.

At his state-of-the-league news conference Wednesday in Minnesota, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised the Eagles for their impressive turnaround this season. In an effort to highlight the parity the league so often boasts about,Authentic Tyler Ervin Jersey, Goodell noted Philadelphia’s jump from last in the NFC East in 2016 to conference champions in 2017.

“Anything is possible,Authentic Julién Davenport Jersey,” the commissioner said, “and the Eagles are proof of that.”

The NFL’s brand is one thing, though. And reality is entirely different.

happens to be playing the Eagles Sunday in Minneapolis for a chance to win its sixth Super Bowl since 2001.,As much as the NFL toots its horn about an even playing field and competitiveness across the league,Authentic Kevin Johnson Jersey, the truth is one team has dominated the league since the turn of the century in a way no franchise ever has. That team, the Patriots

Shockingly, Goodell didn’t spend much time praising New England in his annual meeting with reporters.

when Brady tore his ACL in the season opener.,In the 18 seasons since the Patriots selected Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick of the 2000 draft, they’ve missed the conference championship just five times,Womens Jaelen Strong Jersey, including 2008

This kind of sustained success is not supposed to happen in the NFL. There are too many variables. Injuries can derail seasons in the blink of an eye. The windows for peak performance among players are, on average, small and unpredictable. And the salary cap forces teams to make tough decisions on aging veterans on a yearly basis.

giving new meaning to what an NFL dynasty can be.,Here again are the Patriots, with their 40-year-old MVP quarterback, defying Father Time, Womens Benardrick McKinney Jersey,defying the norms

And the secret to it all has been right under our noses this whole time.

Brady has been playing at a discount for nearly a decade, providing the Patriots with the salary-cap freedom to build a competitive roster around their Hall of Fame quarterback year after year.

If you doubt the importance of Brady’s contracts, look no further than the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore had just claimed its second Lombardi Trophy.

To that point, Flacco had compiled a pedestrian 86.3 passer rating in his five seasons. He’d surpassed 90 in just one of those five campaigns. Debate raged over whether Flacco was truly an “elite” quarterback, and the organization bet on his postseason performance, and those arguments only intensified when he inked his career-defining contract. But the Ravens had seen Flacco lead them to a title. The legend of Playoff Joe was cemented in NFL lore, expecting that to become the norm.

In the five years since, when they lost to the Patriots in the divisional round. Hamstrung by Flacco’s massive cap hits, though, they’ve gone 40-40 and made the playoffs just once, in 2014, the Ravens have rarely been able to shell out significant dough for marquee free agents. In the meantime, the Ravens have been mired in NFL mediocrity. With Flacco as their starter and highest earner, they’ve drafted poorly, preventing them from re-tooling their roster with low-budget, high-talent players.

The Ravens are walking aimlessly through salary cap purgatory. They are now a cautionary tale for the team that pays pending free agent Kirk Cousins what may end up being the most lucrative contract in NFL history, a potentially crippling deal if Cousins, follows Flacco’s lead and doesn’t live up to his cap figures as he ages., 30

Flacco’s 2013 deal was backloaded with so much salary, though, the Ravens were forced to renegotiate the contract in May 2016 to avoid disaster. Womens Kevin Johnson Jersey,They signed him to a three-year, $66.4 million extension that transferred a good chunk of his immediate salary into a signing bonus that could then be prorated over ensuing years. Eventually,Womens Braxton Miller Jersey, for instance, the Ravens will be forced to incur these hits. In 2020, Flacco’s cap hit is slated to reach $28.25 million. He will be 35 years old.

“That’s a crushing contract,” said Jason Fitzgerald, which provided all the salary figures for this story. “It’s just absolutely debilitating.”,Womens Tyler Ervin Jersey, an NFL salary cap and contract expert who runs the website OverTheCap.com

Flacco is the extreme example of the modern NFL quarterback market. This past season, as he battled through a back injury, or 14.5% of their cap space, Authentic Benardrick McKinney Jersey, Flacco dealt the Ravens a cap hit of $22.5 million, the highest percentage in the league.

Meanwhile,Womens Julién Davenport Jersey,Flacco finished 25th in the NFL in passer rating, Flacco was arguably worst among qualified quarterbacks. His only competition was Browns rookie DeShone Kizer, making his contract an utter calamity. In terms of value for his contract, who took up less than 1% of Cleveland’s salary cap but finished at the bottom of the league with a 60.5 passer rating.

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