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Bears nominate Allen Robinson for 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year

Bears nominate Allen Robinson for 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year

The Bears have nominated wide receiver Allen Robinson for the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the team announced Thursday. The prestigious award recognizes an NFL player for "outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field."

“It’s a tremendous honor to be the Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for the Chicago Bears this season,” Robinson said in a press release. “This means a lot to me, especially given what the Payton name means to this city, organization and league. Thank you to all of those who have supported me, especially my family, teammates and the Bears.

"Helping the youth in Chicago through my ‘Within Reach Foundation’ will continue to be a priority of mine and I’m excited to see what else we can accomplish.” 

Robinson's "Within Reach Foundation" focuses on providing educational opportunities and resources to low-income and inner-city Chicago students. He hosted his fifth annual "Operation Elf" event this month, visiting 25 kids from Chicago Youth Centers and taking them on a shopping spree.

On the field, Robinson is quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's go-to target. He's caught 76 passes for 898 yards and seven touchdowns this season, all team-highs.

Watch Connie and Brittney Payton — Walter's wife and daughter — present Robinson with his nomination:

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Walter Payton and Gale Sayers named to NFL's All-Time Team

Walter Payton and Gale Sayers named to NFL's All-Time Team

The NFL is in the process of unveiling it's All-Time Team as the league celebrates its 100th anniversary, and it was announced Friday that former Chicago Bears greats Walter Payton and Gale Sayers were picked as two of the All-Time Team's running backs.

A total of 12 running backs made the cut, including Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Earl "Dutch" Clark, Eric Dickerson, Lenny Moore, Marion Motley, Barry Sanders, O.J. Simpson, Emmitt Smith and Steve Van Buren.

Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and finished his career as the NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards (was later surpassed by Emmitt Smith). He joined the Bears as the fourth overall pick in 1975 and went on to be a nine-time Pro Bowler and the 1977 NFL MVP.

Sayers, whose time as a pro was cut short due to injury, became a Hall-of-Famer in 1977 after a career that totaled 9,435 combined scrimmage yards including two seasons ('66, '69) as the NFL's leading rusher. Like Payton, Chicago used the fourth overall pick on Sayers in 1965. His dazzling open-field running style was decades ahead of his time.

George Halas, Walter Payton among finalists for NFL's all-time team

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George Halas, Walter Payton among finalists for NFL's all-time team

The NFL is releasing an all-time team in honor of its 100th season this year and the Bears already have a pair of finalists.

On Monday, Walter Payton was announced as one of 24 finalists at running back. Payton’s resume needs no explanation, but he retired as the NFL’s all-time rushing leader and is currently second on that list.

There will be 100 players (for 100 years) on the team and 12 of which will be running backs. It’s safe to say Payton is a lock to make the final cut.

The coaching finalists were announced on Tuesday with Bears founder George Halas included. Halas is among 20 coaches to be named finalists with 10 making the all-time team. 

Bill Belichick, Curly Lambeau, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, John Madden, Bill Parcells, Don Shula and Bill Walsh are also among the finalists.

A 26-person panel deliberated on who should make the prestigious group with current and former coaches, GMs, executives, players and media comprising the group.

The team will be released in chunks beginning on Nov. 22 with weekly updates.

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