LSU legend nominated for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award


KANSAS CITY, MO – DECEMBER 27: Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) on the field against the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BRPROUD) – Tyrann Mathieu has accomplished many things in his life.

Mathieu starred at LSU and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011.

The New Orleans native was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Five years later, the “Honey Badger” signed with the Houston Texans.

Mathieu then headed to Kansas City where the LSU great helped win a Super Bowl in 2020.

Even with all of those accomplishments, Mathieu has one more honor that possibly awaits him in the future.

On Wednesday, the Kansas City Chiefs confirmed that Mathieu would be the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Mathieu is one of 32 candidates for this award.

“We’re very excited to have Tyrann Mathieu represent the Chiefs organization and the Kansas City community as our nominee for this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “From the time he joined the Chiefs in 2019, Tyrann has been a true leader, both on and off the football field. He is one of the best safeties in the game, and he has been a major contributor to our recent success.

“Tyrann also has a tremendous passion for helping people. Through his Tyrann Mathieu Foundation, he provides food and supplies for families in need both in Kansas City and in his hometown of New Orleans. He also teaches young people the skills necessary for success on and off the field. We are proud to call Tyrann a member of our Chiefs family, and we believe he is deserving of this prestigious honor.”

The winner of this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced during NFL Honors.

NFL Honors is scheduled to air on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. CT on ABC.

“I’m very honored to be nominated as the Chiefs Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year,” Mathieu said. “This team and community are very important to me. I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of people in Kansas City, many who are going through difficult times. I think anytime you have an opportunity to lend your hand or even give a little bit of hope, that’s always a good thing. The Tyrann Mathieu Foundation was created to impact people in the community, and I look forward to all of our events each and every year. It’s always important to dive into the community, get to know people and make yourself a part of their lives. I’m proud and grateful to help the people of Kansas City who do so much for us, and I want to thank my foundation team and the Chiefs for their constant support. There are many other players who do so much for their communities, so I’m honored for this recognition. I think we all face different adversities, so it’s important to share hope. I want to continue to make a difference in the lives of others here in Kansas City and in my hometown of New Orleans.”

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