It is a tremendous honor to be nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award 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. This 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.