NEW YORK Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis, Arizona kicker Jay Feely and Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman have been selected as finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The award, named in honor of the late Hall of Fame running back, recognizes a player’s community service and performance on the field. The winner, who’ll receive a $20,000 donation in his name to his favorite charity, will be announced during the NFL Honors show on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl.
Davis, Feely and Tillman were chosen from among the 32 team nominees for the award, and will receive a $5,000 donation in their name.
The seven-person selection panel includes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and 2012 winner Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys.
Davis and his wife Kelly founded the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, a non-profit that provides free programs that enhance the quality of life for more than 2,000 underprivileged children and their families annually. The foundation’s cornerstone program, the Youth Leadership Academy, is a 14-week afterschool mentoring program for low-income middle school students.
Denver: Peyton Manning’s foundation for at-risk youth will receive a $24,800 donation for all the times he shouted “Omaha” during the AFC championship game.
The donations were organized by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce after Manning’s 44 pre-snap “Omaha” calls during the Broncos’ win against San Diego a week earlier received national attention.
Eight Omaha companies combined to donate $800 to Manning’s “Peyback Foundation” for every time he yelled “Omaha” during the Broncos’ victory against New England.
Chamber officials said Manning yelled about Nebraska’s largest city 31 times Sunday.
Super Bowl odds: Oddsmakers in Las Vegas believe this Super Bowl is one of the most evenly matched ever.
Bettors seemed to favor the Denver Broncos early, though, and sports books on the Las Vegas Strip quickly adjusted their lines to make Denver anywhere from pick ‘em to a 2-point favorite.
Some sports books made the Seattle Seahawks favorites while others put up lines favoring the Broncos in a rare split for a game that could be the most bet ever. Still others played it down the middle.
Bettors quickly lined up to back their opinions with money. At the South Point hotel’s sports book, a bettor put $25,000 on the Broncos within minutes of the end of Sunday’s second game, moving the line from pick’em to the Broncos favored by one.
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