Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He's one of 32 players (one from each team) nominated for the award. Last year, Panther Thomas Davis won the award.
Olsen, a team captain, does community work through his foundation called Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. The organization provides services like nursing, physical therapy, and speech therapy for families with babies who have heart disease. Olsen created the foundation in honor of his son, TJ, who has a rare heart condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS.
“Greg has an incredible heart. I love the guy,” said Davis. “After everything he faced with his son’s surgeries, he never turned his back on his team, and never walked away from serving the community. He is an outstanding friend, father and teammate, and someone I truly admire.”
The winner of the NFL Man of the Year award will be announced on February 6th, the night before the Super Bowl.