The Steelers have announced that Maurkice Pouncey is their nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
The award is presented by Nationwide, and honors players who have not only exhibited excellence on-the-field, but whose passion to impact lives extends beyond the game.
You may not know this, but for the past three years, Pouncey has been donating Steelers home game tickets to the Pittsburgh Police so they can take kids from the neighborhoods they work in to games. According to Steelers.com, the tickets are given to different zones each week, which gives kids of all ages a chance to "spend quality time interacting with the police and getting to know the men and women who are there to protect them."
In addition to that, Pouncey does an annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and he recently donated horses to the PD for their mounted unit. He also started the Team Pouncey Foundation with his brother, Mike Pouncey, and through that they have donated over $10 million to programs that help provide opportunities for at risk youth.
Jerome Bettis was the last Steelers player to receive the award, and that was back in 2001.
Pouncey is one of 32 finalists. The next recipient will be announced February 1, 2020, the day before Super Bowl LIV.
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