Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominees announced

The NFL announced the 32 team nominees for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award with a new twist.

The Walter Payton Man of the Year recognize players’ outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities. This year’s league winner will be announced on Feb. 3.

“NFL players are outstanding, generous men of character who give back to their communities,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Walter Payton represented the very best on and off the field and this year’s Man of the Year nominees exemplify his legacy of philanthropy and leadership. We are proud to support players as they use their platforms to drive positive change.”

Green Bay doesn’t need to worry much about Dallas if both teams finish 10-6, because it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker, like it does with Seattle. Having that edge over Carolina, too, would be huge.

The Packers can’t be ruled out thanks to an improving Hundley and a revved-up Rodgers, but it will take a lot of proper permutations beyond what’s in their control to sneak back into the postseason as a wild card or division winner.

Smith, averaging 14.4 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds, will miss his fifth game of the season. Dallas is 0-4 without their starting point guard, although three of the losses have come by seven points or fewer.
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