Vikings TE Rudolph named Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist

Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph reacts after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. Photo: AP/Matt Slocum, File
Minnesota Vikings' Kyle Rudolph reacts after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia.

December 06, 2018 01:27 PM

The National Football League named its 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award nominees and Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is among the finalists.

Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one player from every NFL team has been selected as a finalist.

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All will be recognized and participate in NFL functions during Super Bowl week.


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The Man of the Year is selected for excellence on the field and outstanding community service off the field. The award was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 for the Hall of Fame running back.

The Vikings released a video Thursday of Rudolph reading letters people have written him. View that embedded below:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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