Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Panthers tight end Greg Olsen were selected as the three finalists for the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The winner will be announced Feb. 4 at the NFL Honors awards show the night before Super Bowl LI.
Larry, Eli and Greg are not only top-tier athletes, but also men of great character, integrity and generosity of spirit. Their passion for community and helping others is having a positive impact on countless individuals and communities, and it’s something we should all celebrate NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. We commend these impressive men for setting the standard for NFL players and athletes nationwide.
Maybe it’s a coincidence that ever since Munn publicly praised Rodgers and their traditions shortly before the start of Week 12, the Packers have been riding high on an eight-game win streak. Maybe the love and support Munn provides to Rodgers has partially led to his success.
We, of course, wont ever know. Because football media culture precludes us from eulogizing the woman behind the signal caller.
And instead, if the Packers do fall before securing another Lombardi Trophy in the next few weeks, you can be sure the internet trolls will berate Munn.
Overall, Green Bays defense performed better than in a 30-16 home loss to Dallas in Week 6 despite the Cowboys actually netting five more yards (429 to 424). Running back Ezekiel Elliott was held to a more modest 125 yards on 22 carries after gouging the Packers for 157 on 28 carries in mid-October. Prescotts numbers also dipped in yards per attempt (9.1 to 7.9) and completion percentage (66.7 to 63.2) from that first meeting.