Bears' Jimmy Graham named Walter Payton Man of the Year award nominee


(670 The Score) Bears tight end Jimmy Graham was nominated by his team for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

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Graham supports veterans and homeless youth through the Jimmy Graham Foundation. Graham has provided flights to veterans, including more than 50 in the past year. He has also donated money and dinners to local homeless, including a six-figure donation made to a local organization last year.

Graham was also nominated by the Bears for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award last year.

"It is truly an honor and a blessing to be nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for the second year in a row, especially with the award being named after the great Chicago Bear," Graham said in a statement through the team. "To the veterans and youth who I've been beyond fortunate to connect with, thank you for letting me play a small part in your lives. I appreciate the Bears nominating me again and will continue to prioritize making a positive impact in the community."

Each of the NFL's 32 teams nominate one player for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, considered one of the most prestigious honors in the league. The winner is recognized at the Super Bowl in February.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Graham is playing his second season with the Bears.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.