Connor Barwin's inaugural concert at Union Transfer raised $170,000 for his Make The World Better Foundation ...
Linebacker Connor Barwin was named the Eagles' Man of the Year on Tuesday and is one of 32 nominees eligible to win the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
"It's an honor to even be mentioned alongside that award. I think the Eagles do a great job for enabling guys on the team, if they want to help in the community, allowing them to do it," Barwin said. "If it wasn't for everything that the Eagles do, I wouldn't be in that position."
Three of the nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the legendary Bears running back who died in 1999. Finalists will be announced in January 2015. Barwin was also the Eagles' nominee for the inaugural NFL Sportsmanship Award.
Each of the 32 team nominees receives a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to the charity of his choice. The three finalists will receive an additional $5,000 donation and the winner will receive an additional $20,000 donation in his name.
"We admire and support the important work that these players and so many other NFL players are doing to serve their communities," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "The NFL is filled with outstanding young men who help schools, shelters and countless other organizations and good causes. We thank our players for recognizing the positive impact they can have in the lives of their fellow citizens and seizing that opportunity to make difference."
A native of Detroit, Barwin believes that you get out of a city what you put into it. He's become a spokesman for NRG and SEPTA. He rides public transportation multiple times a week. And he started the Make The World Better Foundation that is "dedicated to enriching the lives of our youth by providing safe and fun areas for artistic and athletic enjoyment." Barwin put together a benefit that raised $170,000 toward the revitalization of Ralph Brooks Park in South Philadelphia.