Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee Kyle Rudolph wins Nationwide's Charity Challenge

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
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.

January 20, 2019 07:20 PM

The company Nationwide announced Sunday that Minnesota Vikings tight end and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominee Kyle Rudolph has won the fourth annual Charity Challenge. Nationwide will contribute $25,000 to Kyle's foundation, Kyle Rudolph's End Zone. 

Nationwide, the presenting sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, launched the Charity Challenge on Dec. 6, 2018, to further recognize and promote the 32 nominees for this year's award. The month-long social media promotion gave NFL fans the opportunity to show support for their favorite nominee and offered players a chance to secure a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, courtesy of Nationwide.

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Fans were invited to vote for their favorite nominee by using that player's unique hashtag on Twitter. The player whose unique hashtag was used the most by Jan. 13, 2019, received the $25,000 contribution.

In all, Kyle's hashtag was used nearly 470,000 times on Twitter. 

"My wife Jordan and I are extremely honored to have won Nationwide's Charity Challenge and also very humbled by the overwhelming support from Vikings fans as well as fans across the league," said Kyle. "Your effort will make a difference in the lives of patients and families at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's hospital, and for that, we are very thankful!"

The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on Feb. 2, 2019, the night before Super Bowl LIII, from 9 to 11 p.m. EST on CBS. 

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