The NFL announced its full list of nominees for the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year award, including one for each team. Even the 0-11 New York Jets were recognized for employing a player deeply involved in the community. The only problem? That player is no longer a member of the Jets.
Defensive back Pierre Desir was cut by the Jets on Nov. 18 and the Ravens added him to their practice squad 10 days later. He suited up for Baltimore’s Tuesday night game against the Dallas Cowboys this week, though he only played eight snaps. Desir was the Colts’ nominee for the Man of the Year Award in 2019 for his charity work in the Indianapolis community and his hometown of Cottleville, Missouri.
The Ravens’ official nominee for the award was guard Bradley Bozeman, who started the Bradley & Nikki Bozeman Foundation in 2018 to assist at-risk children and spread awareness on the dangers of childhood bullying. Bozeman also helped start a meal distribution program in Baltimore this season to help combat rising food insecurity in the region caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Baltimore also employs 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year winner Calais Campbell, who won it while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The winner of the award receives a $250,000 donation to the charity of his choice and earns a jersey patch he can wear during games for the rest of his NFL career. All other nominees are granted $50,000 donations for their respective charities as well.