Today marks the 11th anniversary of Walter Payton's death in 1999. Many of us know where we were when we heard the news. It was a sad day in Chicago and the NFL.
Shortly, after Walter died, the NFL promptly changed the name of the NFL Man of the Year Award to the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
Here the players who have one since the award was renamed:
2009 - Brian Waters, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
2008 - Kurt Warner, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals
2007 - Jason Taylor, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins
2006 - Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints and LaDainian Tomlinson, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
2005 - Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
2004 - Warrick Dunn, Running Back, Atlanta Falcons
2003 - Will Shields, Guard, Kansas City Chiefs
2002 - Troy Vincent, Cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles
2001 - Jerome Bettis, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers
2000 - Derrick Brooks, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
and Jim Flanigan, Defensive Line, Chicago Bears
1999 - Cris Carter, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings
Here's what Commissioner Roger Goodell had to say on Twitter today:
son @paytonsun had me on his radio show today. I told him that he, his
mom Connie and sister Brittney will always be special to me
honor Walter's contributions & those of the top current players w/
the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. KC's Brian Waters won in '09
We miss Walter very much but we can all carry on and make our contributions which would make him proud.
is tops on my list because of how he played the game- he never wanted
to let anyone down- but also for what he did off the field
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Walter Payton, one of the all-time great players and men in NFL history