Saquon Barkley is always quick to include Walter Payton in any discussion of the NFL’s greatest players.
Now the two names are in the same sentence for a different reason, as Barkley has been named the Giants’ 2022 nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a combination of outstanding community service and on-field performance.
According to the Giants, Barkley received the Local Hero Award for his charitable contributions to the United Way of New York City, which helped the nonprofit raise $2.4 million for children and families. Her support of New Jersey’s Covenant House, which helps youth affected by homelessness and human trafficking, includes serving as celebrity chair of the Sleep Out: Executive Edition fundraiser, which raised nearly $5.5 million during her four-year run. involves doing
All 32 NFL teams nominate one player each year for the award. Past winners, including Eli Manning in 2016, will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys throughout their careers.
“My goal for the rest of my career is to play a season or seasons with this logo,” Barkley told Giants.com. “When I saw that Eli had that logo, I was jealous.”
After two injury-plagued seasons, Barkley leads the Giants with 1,055 rushing yards, 40 receptions and eight touchdowns.