CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Carolina Panthers selected star quarterback Cam Newton as their nominee for the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
On the night of Dec. 26, Cam was in first place as the leading vote-getter for the award with around 180,000 votes. Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph was in 2nd place with around 150,000 votes. By 11 p.m., Newton had 200,000 votes.
While Newton’s season was cut short by injury, his commitment to helping out the community where he plays as well as his hometown of Atlanta have made a significant impact on both cities.
Newton’s charitable efforts follow the mantra that EVERY 1 MATTERS and emphasize youth activity, diversity, community outreach and education.
Since inception, the foundation has provided $5.13 million in grant funding, year-round programming resources and donations to schools and non-profit agencies in Atlanta and Charlotte.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year award is named annually for a player’s volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field.