Three NFL players will be recognized during Super Bowl week for their off-the-field community service, as well as playing excellence, including 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Boldin will join Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers as the top candidates for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, named for the legendary Bears running back who died in 1999.
The winner will be announced in Arizona during the fourth annual NFL Honors primetime award special.
The winner will receive a $25,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice from both the NFL Foundation and Nationwide ($50,000 total). The two additional finalists will receive $5,000 donations in their names.