It is an immense honor to be nominated for the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the second time in my career. 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. As a Christian, husband, 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. Throughout my career, I have spent my time and influence advocating for equity in education and business, working to end hunger, providing clean water access and encouraging under-represented youth to pursue STEAM disciplines with a special focus on addressing the digital divide. 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 means 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. Humanity is our community, and we must all do our part.

Thank you all for the support.

– Kelvin Beachum



  • NFLPA Community MVP winner (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) First time 4-time winner

  • Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee (2018, 2021)
  • Alan Page Community MVP Award Finalist (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 – NFL Players Inc.

  • Member of the NFL’s Player’s Coalition

  • NFLPA Union Representative NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Ambassador

  • Entrepreneur in Residence with Next Play Capital

  • Advisory Board Member – Donors Choose