KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu is the organization’s nominee for the 2021 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
The Tyrann Mathieu Foundation’s mission is to impact the lives of the financially disadvantaged, specifically children.
“I think about my grandmother and she was always willing to serve other people and that’s what I try my best to really duplicate,” Mathieu said.
Through community events, Mathieu has delivered turkeys for Thanksgiving, sent 32 children on shopping sprees, recognized elementary school teachers for their work and more.
“You play the game because you care about your teammates and you care about your coaches and I think it’s the same mindset off the field,” Mathieu said. “You do the things you do in the community because its about the people.”
Each NFL franchise selects one of their players to nominate for the award.
WATCH: Tyrann Mathieu Nomination Video
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is awarded to players who have exhibited excellence on the field and have impacted lives off the field.
“It’s a temendous honor to not only represent great men who have come before, but to also represent a great organization. It’s humbling.”
In 2020, the Chiefs nominated Travis Kelce for his 87 and Running Foundation.