It was a tremendous honor to be nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2018 and a definite highlight of my NFL career. The late Walter Payton was one of the NFL’s most explosive players and one of the community’s most charitable leaders. I am truly humbled to be recognized in the same sentence as his name and for an award that honors his impactful legacy. Growing up, it’s always a dream to hear your name called on NFL Draft night. While your goal as a competitor in any sport is to be acknowledged as valuable on the field of play, I have always felt equally committed to earning MVP status off the field. For me, a spirit of giving is a foundational principle that was ingrained in me since childhood. As a Christian, father, son, and professional athlete, I feel a strong responsibility to speak up and take action for those who are underprivileged and those who are marginalized. My experiences have provided a feeling of gratitude toward society and compassion toward those who need help. My ultimate hope is to help bring my team and city a championship, inspire others to give, be a catalyst for positive change, and glorify God every step of the way. The nomination meant everything to me, and I am eternally grateful to those who saw fit to select me. I am forever committed and exceptionally revitalized to follow in the extraordinary footsteps of the great Walter Payton and to live up to everything it means to be Man of the Year.

– Kelvin Beachum



  • NFLPA Community MVP winner (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • SMU Emerging Leader Award sole recipient (2018)
  • Forbes Under 30 List (2018)
  • All Stars of Giving Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist (2017)
  • Top 20 Most Tech-Savvy Athletes – Sports Techie (2017)
  • Unity Way Hometown Hero (2017)
  • Executive Board Member – SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Executive Board Member – SMU Lyle School of Engineering
  • Committee Leader – SMU Diversity Council
  • Advisory Board Member – NFLPA One Team Collective
  • Member of the NFL’s Player’s Coalition
  • NFLPA Union Representative NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador
  • Investor with Next Play Capital