(670 The Score) Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson on Tuesday was named the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes excellence on the field and community service off of it.
Johnson started Kevvy's Vision Project, a foundation named after his childhood friend Kev'Vion Schrubb, who lost his life to gun violence in August 2021. Kevvy's Vision "strives to empower and motivate underprivileged communities while giving them equal opportunities to succeed."
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is presented during NFL Honors at the Super Bowl in February.
"I'm very honored to be nominated for such a prestigious award," Johnson said in a statement. "I started the foundation with the intention of keeping my friend Kev'Vion's legacy going. Before the foundation, it was Kev'Vion who would do such important things to help our community. Being in the NFL, I recognize my great fortune to be in the position to do the very things he did every day when he was here with us. With my career in the NFL, my goal is to improve both as a player and as a member of my community. I intend on doing this through Kevvy's Vision Project."
The Bears' previous winners of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award are Charles Tillman (2013), Jim Flanigan (2000), Mike Singletary (1990), Dave Duerson (1987) and Payton (1977).
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