Greg Olsen Nominated For NFL’s Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

Tight end Greg Olsen is named as the Panthers NFL’s Walter Payton Man Of The Year Nominee.

Greg-OlsenOlsen is Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. He is the only active NFL tight end with five or more touchdowns in every season since 2008.

Olsen started the HEARTest Yard Fund with the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. The program provides families of babies affected by congenital heart disease with services including in-home, private nursing care, physical therapy and speech therapy.

The HEARTest Yard Fund was created in honor of Olsen’s son who battled a rare heart condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a congenital defect marked by an underdeveloped left ventricle and aorta.

In 2014, Panthers Linebacker Thomas Davis won the Walter Payton Man Of The Year award.

Each of the 32 team nominees receive a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive an additional $50,000 donation in his name. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.