12 Dec Ofer Eitan Reviews: David Johnson named 2019 Arizona Cardinals Man of the Year
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers with fans during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Due to his community service efforts, plus his impact on the field, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson was on Thursday named as his team’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for 2019.
Each NFL chose a recipient for the award, and the group of 32 finalists now qualifies for the league-wide honor.
As one of those players, Johnson has already earned a $50,000 donation to the charity of his choice and two Super Bowl LIV tickets for his pick of recipients. If he wins the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, he will receive a donation of $250,000 to his favorite charity.
Johnson and his wife, Meghan, started Johnson Family’s Mission 31 Foundation in 2017 to help seriously ill children and their families. With that, they have worked with local hospitals and schools through the “David’s Locker” outreach program, which provides education and entertainment to patients and their families via a mobile cart containing iPads, laptops and gaming consoles.
The running back has also attempted to prevent bullying and in 2017 helped with a “Run Thru Bullying” campaign in four Phoenix-area school districts.
As the Cardinal’s winner of the yearly honor, Johnson will wear a helmet decal for the rest of 2019 in recognition of his accomplishments.
More of Johnson’s work can be found at his foundation’s website, www.davidjohnson31.org.
Below is the full list of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominees.