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December 15, 2011


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have selected linebacker Wesley Woodyard as their Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award recipient for the second consecutive season, it was announced on Thursday. This prestigious award historically recognizes a player for outstanding leadership both on the field and in the community.

Named a team captain for the Broncos in each of his four seasons with the club, Woodyard has continuously proven to be a leader on and off the field, and his steadfast devotion to improving the lives of children through his own 16 Ways Foundation and through the NFL Play 60 initiative has made a pronounced impact on the community.

Woodyard’s selection will be recognized during Sunday’s game against the Patriots and a $10,000 donation will be made on his behalf to the charities of his choice. Woodyard’s name will be submitted to the NFL for consideration as the national award winner, which is announced during Super Bowl week. That individual will receive a $25,000 donation to the organization of his choice courtesy of NFL Charities.

Previous Broncos nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award include cornerback Champ Bailey (2008-09), cornerback Domonique Foxworth (2007), wide receiver Rod Smith (2006 and ’04), safety John Lynch (2005), linebacker Ian Gold (2003) and wide receiver Ed McCaffrey (2002).

Quarterback John Elway (1992) is the only Broncos player to win the national award, which was first given in 1970 and renamed after the Chicago Bears’ Pro Football Hall of Fame running back in 1999.
16 Ways Foundation
The foundation’s mission is to support at-risk youth and their families by helping children achieve higher academic and social success. Woodyard has two fundraising events per year to meet some of the mission’s objectives: an MVP Dinner and an annual 16 Ways Foundation Toy Drive at the Denver Aquarium.
NFL Play 60
The NFL Play 60 campaign is designed to tackle childhood obesity by getting kids active through in-school, afterschool and team-based programs, online child-targeted outreach on NFLRUSH.com, and many partnerships with like-minded organizations.

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