Falcons defensive tackle Corey Peters was selected as the team’s nominee for the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award on Monday.
“This award means a great deal to me,” said Peters. “There were plenty of my teammates that were so deserving of this award and for the Falcons to select me is very humbling.”
Peters has spent almost every week during the season participating and engaging in different community initiatives.
He’s worked with the Atlanta Fire Department, breast cancer survivors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, AirTran, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Since 1970, the NFL has awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award to recognize a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Each club is responsible for selecting their own nominee while the 2011 national Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year winner will be selected by a blue ribbon panel and recognized on field before kickoff of the Super Bowl.