Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald was named one of the 32 finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award last week, and now fans can help show their support for his cause through the league’s sixth annual Charity Challenge.
From Dec. 10 through Jan. 17, fans can vote for McDonald on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge, followed by his last name. The nominee with the most fans votes will receive a $25,000 donation to the charitable cause of their choice.
The second and third place finishers will be granted $10,000 and $5,000 to their chosen charities, respectively.
“Being nominated as the Steelers’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year is by far the greatest honor of my eight-year career,” McDonald said. “Throughout this journey, my wife and I have dedicated our lives to utilizing every resource we have to help others. I am thrilled to be considered a nominee among such an exceptional group of men. The journey is only beginning. Thank you very much for the support.”
Four previous Steelers have been awarded NFL Man of the Year, including Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Joe Greene and Jerome Bettis, who is the most recently won the award in 2001.
This year’s winner will be announced during the NFL Honors ceremony the night before the Super Bowl in Tampa.