The Kansas City Chiefs have nominated punter Dustin Colquitt for the 2018 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, the league announced on Thursday.
The Chiefs drafted Colquitt, 36, back in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he has been with the club ever since. Colquitt probably had a chance to make more money on the free agent market this offseason but instead opted to re-sign with the Chiefs.
Colquitt’s charity of choice is Team Smile, whose “mission is to create connections between children’s service groups, dental professionals, professional sports organizations and their athletes.”
Colquitt has worked with Team Smile since 2007. In 2018 alone, Colquitt’s efforts will result in 7,750 underserved children receiving $3.5 million in complimentary dental and preventative care procedures.
The NFL says that new this year, Colquitt and the 31 other nominees will be highlighted as finalists and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LIII. Colquitt will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning Week 14 and continuing through the end of the season.
The Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs have had more winners than any other team in league history with five apiece. Willie Lanier (1972), Len Dawson (1973), Derrick Thomas (1993), Will Shields (2003), and Brian Waters (2009) have all won the award as members of the Chiefs.
Here is the full list of league-wide nominees:
Arizona Cardinals S Antoine Bethea
Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett
Baltimore Ravens CB Brandon Carr
Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander
Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers
Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton
Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns LB Christian Kirksey
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford
Green Bay Packers NT Kenny Clark
Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus
Indianapolis Colts DE Jabaal Sheard
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles
Kansas City Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt
Los Angeles Chargers DT Corey Liuget
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph
New England Patriots S Devin McCourty
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram
New York Giants S Michael Thomas
New York Jets OT Kelvin Beachum
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch
Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ers K Robbie Gould
Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy
Tennessee Titans DT Jurrell Casey
Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis