Alumni named NFL Man of the Year
The Ellis County Press
MIAMI – Super Bowl XLIV pre-game activities Sunday, Feb. 7, named 1995 Waxahachie High School graduate Brian Waters of the Kansas City Chiefs the Walter Peyton National Football League Man of the Year.
Waters is a four time Pro-Bowler and founder of the Brian Waters 54 Foundation.
The award is given annually by the NFL honoring the player’s volunteer and charity work as well as excellence on the field.
Prior to 1999, the award was just called the Man of the Year.
Shortly after the Chicago Bears running back Walk Payton died (he was a 1977 recipient) the award was renamed to honor his legacy as both a great player and humanitarian.
Some of the things Waters has done for the Waxahachie Community and Waxahachie Independent School District include :
1. Sponsoring homes for Habitat for Humanity
2. Donating funds to help the Ellis County Youth Sports Association
3. Thousands of dollars in scholarships to WHS graduates
4. Adopting entire families at Christmas to make their Christmas wishes a reality
5. Sponsoring the Waxahachie ISD Education Foundation Classic Golf Tournament – He is the title sponsor this year .-Golf tourney will be held on Friday, April 16th at the Waxahachie Country Club.
6. Thousands of dollars in School supplies for Waxahachie ISD’s Operation First Day of School
Each year, a winner is selected from 32 nominees from the 32 different teams.
A panel of judges, which includes the Commissioner of the NFL Connie Payton (widow of Walter Payton), the previous year’s winner, and a number of former players, selects the winner of the award.
The Man of the Year winner receives a $25,000 donation in his name to a charity of his choice while the other 31 nominees each get $1,000 for their charity of choice.