NFL Announces Finalists for 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year honor.

The award is given to the player who shows character off the field as well as on it. "Their passion for community and helping others is having a positive impact on countless individuals and communities, and it's something we should all celebrate" said Goodell. That victor will earn $500,000 for a charity of his choice. The tight end's hashtag was used 1.2 million times.

The three finalists for the 2016 season version of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award were named during halftime of the NFC championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers.

The victor among the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, New York Giants quarterback and Carolina Panthers tight end will be announced on February 4, the night before the Super Bowl, at NFL Honors in Houston.

Earlier this month, Olsen won $25,000 to benefit Receptions for Research in the Man of the Year Charity Challenge.

A total of $1 million will be donated in the name of the Man of the Year, with $500,000 going to a charity of his choice and $500,000 supporting the expansion of Character Playbook across all National Football League markets.

The two runner-ups will each receive $125,000 to give to a charity of their choice and another $125,000 to Character Playbook.