Indianapolis Colts defensive back Kenny Moore has been having an amazing week on and off the field.
On Sunday, Kenny Moore had an amazing game that led the Indianapolis Colts to a shutout victory over the Houston Texans. His efforts had everyone buzzing about his play on Sunday and the season in general.
As great as his interception and forced fumble were, Moore’s week got even better following the game. On Tuesday, Moore was announced as a nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, abbreviated as WPMOY, is “considered the league’s most prestigious honor,” per the NFL’s official website and it “recognizes NFL players who have exhibited excellence on the field, and whose passion to impact lives extends beyond the game.”
One player is nominated from each team, so to even make the list of nominees is a huge honor. Whenever Moore was going to find out that he was nominated, it was going to be special, but the Colts made sure it was an even more special moment than anyone could imagine.
Take a look at how Moore found out he was selected as a nominee for the WPMOY:
Colts’ Kenny Moore nominated for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award
Moore got to experience this moment with his mother, who shared the news with him. As the Colts’ time on Hard Knocks has shown, Moore’s mother, Angela Carter, is his biggest fan, so that just made things all the more beautiful.
Also shown this season on Hard Knocks is some of the community work Moore does that has led to this nomination. Moore has become a frequent impact member in Indianapolis and has built genuine relationships with community members and families in Indiana.
Moore has one of the clearest fan-favorite stories in the NF,L being an undrafted, undersized defensive back from the lesser-known Valdosta State that was cut by the Patriots in his rookie year who still became the best slot cornerback in the league.
He is the embodiment of an underdog story so it’s great to see him develop into a leader and a person of impact on and off the field.
The winner for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be named at the NFL Honors, the annual award show held the night before the Super Bowl.
Another part of the award is the Charity Challenge, and it involves the fans. The way it works, per the official NFL website:
"Fans are encouraged to post on Twitter using #WPMOYChallenge followed by the nominee’s last name and/or his Twitter handle between December 7th and January 17th. The nominee who receives the most hashtag mentions will receive a $25,000 donation from Nationwide to his charity of choice. The 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations from Nationwide respectively."
If fans would like to support Moore, they must jump over to Twitter to tweet and retweet any post with #WPMOYChallenge Moore II. There will eventually be a challenge leaderboard that tracks votes and lets fans know how much more tweeting they need to do.