J.J. Texans from Houston. Watt, Greg Olsen of Carolina Panthers, and Benjamin Watson of Baltimore Ravens were named finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on Sunday.
Olsen and Watt took to Twitter to express their gratitude for being named finalists.
Humiliated and honored to be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton. I am also happy to share the nomination with @BenjaminSWatson and @ gregolsen88 who are extremely deserving. This is much bigger than just a man. It is about the good in all of humanity.
– JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 21, 2018
In this year's finalists, there are links to Georgia. Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson attended the University of Georgia before being selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
The winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a special to broadcast on March 3. February at 9 pm on NBC.