Raiders' Asomugha finalist for Payton Man of Year

January 23, 2011, 11:55 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) Oakland cornerbackNnamdi Asomugha, Chicago defensive lineman Israel Idonije, andMinnesota safety Madieu Williams are the nominees for the Walter PaytonNFL Man of the Year Award.It is the only league honor that recognizes a player's community service along with his play.The winning player will have 20,000 donated to a charity in his name. The award will be announced at the Super Bowl.The most recent winners were Brian Waters, Kurt Warner and Jason Taylor.The 32 teams each nominated a player. A panel, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, pared the field to three.Asomugha is a four-time Pro Bowlcornerback for the Raiders. His foundation works with Orphans andWidows in Need, which supports women and children in Nigeria andprovides food, shelter, medicine, vocational training, literacy effortsand scholarships.Idonije is in his seventh season withthe NFC North champion Chicago Bears. His First Down Attendance Programserves more than 600 economically disadvantaged students in fiveschools in Chicago and Manitoba, Canada.Williams is scheduled to be in thePersian Gulf visiting with U.S. service members during Super Bowl week.He made a 2 million donation to create the Madieu Williams Center forGlobal Health at the University of Maryland, where he attended college.The center will address public health issues in Prince George's Countyand Sierra Leone, where Williams was born.The award is named for the longtime Chicago Bears running back, who died in 1999.