Christian Baltimore Ravens Tight End Benjamin Watson Nominated for NFL’s ‘Man of the Year’ Charity Award

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 02: Ben Watson Executive Committee Member of the National Football League Players Association speaks during the NFLPA Press Conference on February 02, 2017, at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Devout Christian Baltimore Ravens tight end and author Benjamin Watson has been nominated for the National Football League’s highest honor when it comes to individual charity work.

The 36-year-old father of five was nominated for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, an honor that exists to acknowledge one player’s devotion to volunteer work and community outreach and comes with a $50,000 prize donation to a charity of his choice.

The Ravens announced on Thursday that Watson was the team’s 2017 candidate for the award. All 32 NFL teams have selected a player to represent the team and the city, and three finalists will be chosen in January. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and announced on Feb. 3, 2018, the night before Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

“It’s humbling,” Watson said, according to BaltimoreRavens.com. “Over the course of my career, you never do things expecting there’s going to be some sort of honor, but to be honored as the Walter Payton Man of the Year is something I cherish.”

Watson, a veteran who is in his second season with the Ravens, is not afraid to show his face around Baltimore. Baltimore residents might have seen him out at the I-95 Fort McHenry Tunnel toll booths helping people #passitforward a few days before Thanksgiving.

He and his wife, Kirsten, are heavily active in giving back to the community through their organization, the One More Foundation, which seeks to “carry the hope and love of Christ to those in our community who need it most.”

Every year, the One More Foundation hosts an event called the Big BENefit, in which the organizations partners with a local organization to help 25 underserved families in the cities he is playing in the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their children at Walmart with Watson and many of his NFL teammates.

The One More Foundation will hold the 2017 Big BENefit event next week at a Walmart in the Baltimore area with 25 parents from the Building Families for Children nonprofit.

“With so many deserving teammates, I am honored to represent the @Ravens and the city of Baltimore,” Watson wrote in a Tweet, citing Jeremiah 9:23,24.

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Source: Christian Post