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Maurkice Pouncey the Steelers nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year award

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The Pittsburgh Steelers nominated Maurkice Pouncey for a prestigious honor for his work in the community.

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The name Walter Payton carries a ridiculous amount of respect with it in the NFL, as it should. So when an award is named the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, it isn’t taken lightly among NFL circles.

This prestigious award is given to one player in the league who has gone above and beyond the call of duty within their respective communities. Every team nominates one player, and the league will announce the winner prior to the Super Bowl in February.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 nominee for the Man of the Year Award is none other than center Maurkice Pouncey.

Pouncey has done work in the Pittsburgh community to improve relations between police and members of the community, donates tickets to local police departments every year and most recently provided 400 turkeys to families in need for this Thanksgiving holiday, partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Maurkice also does work with his brother Mike Pouncey in their home state of Florida, working with at risk youth and helping them develop as part of the Team Pouncey Foundation. Their foundation has provided over $10 million dollars through grants and programs since its inception.

Kudos to Maurkice Pouncey for his nomination, and while some NFL fans most recent memory of Pouncey was his involvement in the fiasco in Cleveland in Week 11, it is good to see some of the good these players are doing off the field too.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the Buffalo Bills to invade Heinz Field in Week 15 on Sunday Night Football.