Written by on January 6, 2017

Haiti-American NFL player Cliff Avril has been nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

The Walter Payton Man of the Year is awarded to players who show not only excellence on the field, but also in volunteerism and charitable work.

Every year each NFL team is to nominate 1 player, and Cliff Avril – who plays defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks, was nominated by his team.

Seahawks representatives say Avril’s work on the field was instrumental in helping the team win its first Superbowl and reach a second. He ended this season leading the Seahawks in quarterback sacks – which earned him his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

For his charitable efforts, Cliff Avril vowed to help Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew by building 1 house for every sack he got this season – which totaled 11.

Prior to this year, Avril and fellow Haitian Elvis Dumervil of the Baltimore Ravens helped rebuild a Haitian elementary school. In conjunction with his work in Haiti, Avril also supports more than 2 dozen community initiatives in Washington and Florida.

The winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award will be announced the night before the Super Bowl. Voting is done by the public and the winner will receive US$1 million donated in his name. Half will go to the charity of his choice and the rest will be divided between other NFL charities across its 32 markets.

Using social media, Avril is using a hashtag campaign to get votes for the award. For every person who uses the hashtag #AvrilWPMOYChallenge, Avril will get 1 vote.

The Seattle Seahawks will play a first round Wild Card playoff game tomorrow (Sat) against the Detroit Lions.


PHOTO CRED: Elaine Thompson/AP Images

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