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Chiefs' Eric Berry not a finalist for NFL man of the year

The NFL announced the the Walter Payton Man of the Year finalists and those are:

49ers WR Anquan Boldin, Saints TE Benjamin Watson and Giants QB Eli Manning.

You don't see the name Eric Berry there, which is a surprise. I say that not because Berry is a "better man" than any of the other completely deserving finalists but because Berry won the "Charity Challenge" component of the Man of the Year award. I just assumed that would put him among the finalists.

It's an odd argument to say that Berry should be a Man of the Year finalist because I don't want to diminish the great work that Boldin, Watson and Manning did in their respective communities. There are a ton of deserving NFL players and it's a difficult task to award just one.

What will be a huge upset is if Berry, who beat Hodgkins Lymphoma, doesn't win the NFL's comeback player of the year award. He has to be the clear front-runner for that one.

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