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Witten on Walter Payton Man of the Year Nomination: "It Means a Lot"

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a finalist for the award for the second time in his career

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    The Dallas Cowboys’ season has been over for a month now, but tight end Jason Witten has been staying pretty busy since that week 17 loss to the Redskins in Landover, Md. sent “America’s Team” home for a long offseason.

    Last Sunday, Witten recorded a pair of catches in his eighth career Pro Bowl appearance. This Friday, he will receive the Bart Starr Award, which honors the player who best exemplifies a strong commitment to community, teammates and family. And on Saturday, he may receive the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which honors a player both for his work on the field and in the community.

    Just being a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, along with Cardinals’ receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Browns’ tackle Joe Thomas, is enough to leave Witten feeling humbled.

    “When you think about what Walter Payton represented as a player on and off the field, it means a lot,” Witten said, per ESPN Dallas. “There are a lot of great players in this league doing great things, so you’re just humbled to be a part of that.”

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