Spikes nominated for Payton Man of the Year award

January 21, 2011, 7:55 pm
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49erslinebacker Takeo Spikes has been nominated for the Walter Payton NFLMan of the Year Award, the only league award that recognizes a playersoff-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Theannual award is named for the legendary Chicago Bears running back whopassed in 1999.Spikeshas participated in a wide range of community events throughout hiscareer and started his own foundation, 51 Ways Foundation, to furthergive back to those in need. His foundation was started in 2004 tosupport families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer andblood disorders through financial, spiritual and physical resources.During his time with the 49ers, Spikes has participated in communityrelations events related to the team that range from hospital visits,to stocking food boxes for food banks in San Francisco, to shoppingwith youth during the holidays for their families. Onemember from each of the 32 NFL teams is nominated for the award. Threefinalists for the award will be announced during the NFC ChampionshipGame on Sunday, January 23. The winner of the award will be announcedand recognized during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 6.Allnominees will receive a 1,000 donation to the charity of their choice.The three finalists will receive an additional 5,000 donation in theirname. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award willreceive the Gladiator statue, an original art creation by the notedsculptor, Daniel Schwartz. In addition, the players favorite charitywill receive an additional 20,000 donation in his name.
Courtesy San Francisco 49ers media services