Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Watt, Olsen, Watson Are Finalist for Walter Payton Award

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Watt, Olsen, Watson Are Finalist for Walter Payton Award

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J.J. Watt, Greg Olsen and Benjamin Watson are finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

The recipient of the award that recognizes a player's contribution in his community and to society in general will be revealed Feb. 3 at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press announces its individual NFL awards.

Houston defensive end Watt, in his seventh NFL season and a three-time defensive player of the year, had the goal of raising $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston.

His fundraising brought in an incredible $37 million in 19 days. Watt has dedicated himself to finding organizations that will apply the funds in a way he has promised both donors and victims of the storm.

"For me, this nomination is about so much more than one man," Watt said. "It's about the hundreds of thousands of people who helped donate to those who went through an extremely difficult time and rose above it. I also know this is about honoring the city and its people."

Carolina tight end Olsen, who just finished his 11th pro season, has put together two initiatives, one to fight breast cancer, the other to help youngsters with a congenital heart defect.

Olsen's mother is a breast cancer survivor, and in 2009 he founded Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. The Foundation's "Receiving Hope" focuses on cancer research and education.

In early 2013, Greg and his wife Kara founded the HEARTest Yard Fund after a routine examination of their unborn son, T. …

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