On Tuesday, the Arizona Cardinals announced tight end Zach Ertz as their Arizona Cardinals/Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Each team submitted their nominations this morning.
The press release states: “The award is a recognition of outstanding community service activities outside the field as well as outstanding achievements in the field. As a nominee, Ertz will receive a donation of up to $40,000 on his behalf to a charity of his choice. “
Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill had the following to say about the nomination:
“As outstanding as he has been on the field throughout his career, Zach’s commitment to giving back is even more exceptional and makes him such a fitting choice for this award.
“Whether it’s in Philadelphia or now in Arizona, Zach and Julie Ertz are making a meaningful difference in so many areas. Among the most notable is their passionate commitment to fighting hunger and food insecurity, a cause they championed almost immediately after arriving in Arizona last year.
“We appreciate them and all of our players who do everything they can to get involved in our communities to make them better.”
More on the press release on the donations from Ertz:
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“In his second season with the Cardinals, Ertz, along with his foundation (The Ertz Family Foundation) and The Athletes’ Corner, have once again teamed up to fight hunger through team performance on the field. The two foundations have brought back their ‘Score ‘More n’ Feed More’ initiative, in which they help provide food banks in Arizona with meals for every touchdown the Cardinals score this season.
“Last year, the ‘Score More n’ Feed More’ initiative helped provide food banks in Arizona with a total of 150,000 meals. This year, Zach and his wife Julie have pledged to help provide 500,000 meals to food banks, marking the third year the Ertz Family Foundation is partnering with The Athletes’ Corner to help end hunger. Through their campaigns, the two foundations have helped distribute a total of 1.4 million meals to families in need with the help of Feeding America.”
Ertz himself shared his thoughts on the nomination:
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