Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty has been named the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work in the community. McCourty has been active in the community since being selected by the Titans in the 6th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In his acceptance speech, he praised former Titans such as Chris Hope, David Thornton and Keith Bulluck for leading the way and setting an example for their teammates in giving back to the community.
McCourty now becomes a finalist for the NFL Man of the Year Award which will be announced during Super Bowl week in 2015. He joins representatives from the 31 other teams in competing for the award which of course is named after former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. Last year’s recipient was Bears cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award has been in existence since 1970 but was renamed in 1999 to honor the outstanding career and charitable contributions of Payton who announced that year he was suffering from from a rare liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis. Payton would die shortly thereafter after a short battle with the disease.
Last year’s recipient of the Titans Man of the Year Award was tight end Delanie Walker. Congratulations to McCourty and many thanks to the Titans who represent the team so well and do excellent work in the community.
You can follow Jason McCourty on twitter via the account he shares with his twin brother Devin McCourty who is a standout safety for the New England Patriots @McCourtyTwins.
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