“To be nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is something that I really appreciate -- because it’s bigger than football. God has blessed me and all I’m trying to do is bless others."
During his time at Carolina, QB1 has stayed busy off the field giving back to the Charlotte community. The week before Christmas, while recovering from foot surgery, Newton hosted his annual Santa Cam Surprise Sleigh, distributing $130,000 in cash and gifts to children and families in need.
In November, Newton hosted his eighth annual Cam’s Thanksgiving Jam, where he treated more than 1,300 underprivileged kids and their families to Thanksgiving dinner.
Last month, the Panthers nominated Newton for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which recognizes players for their community service, as well as excellence on the field.
The award will be presented on Feb. 1 during the NFL Honors ceremony.