The Miami Dolphins nominated center Mike Pouncey as 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year candidate.
According to the Dolphins, each week Pouncey purchases tickets so that children, who otherwise would not have the means to do so, can attend Dolphins games.
Pouncey also hosts a charity weekend each summer with his twin brother, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, in their hometown of Lakeland, Fla. to benefit the Team Pouncey Foundation.
The Dolphins say Pouncey is active in many other South Florida charities as well.
Miami needs their man of the year candidate back on the field, as soon as possible.
The Dolphins are 4-1 when Pouncey plays and 3-4 when missing games due to hip injury.
Pouncey, selected by his teammates as a season-long captain, was in the lineup when Jay Ajayi ran for 200 yards against Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Former Dolphins Dwight Stephenson (1985), quarterback Dan Marino (1998) and defensive end Jason Taylor (2007) have each won the award while playing for the Dolphins.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award, which was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton, is considered the league’s most prestigious honor.