Nyack native Devin McCourty nominated for
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

Eugene Rapay

Rockland/Westchester Journal News
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Devin McCourty may have left Nyack years ago to live his NFL dream, but the former Rutgers star and three-time Super Bowl champion certainly hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

The New England Patriots safety is one of 32 nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, an accolade that recognizes a player’s community impact, charity work and on-field success.

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Last spring, he and his twin brother Jason started “Chromebooks for Kids” with the Rockland Community Foundation to help provide Chromebooks and equipment to assist families of students dealing with the transition to remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Devin McCourty (32) of the New England Patriots celebrates in the second half against the Indianapolis Colts of the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Since its inception, Chromebooks for Kids has provided over 400 Chromebooks to students in the East Ramapo and Nyack School Districts.

“In the tough times we’re in, I believe supporting the students in Rockland will provide hope to the community and give the students a chance to be great,” McCourty said in a statement. “It’s awesome to be able to support an area that helped make me who I am today.”

All Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award nominees will receive a $40,000 donation to a charity of their choice. The winner gets an additional $250,000.

McCourty chose to partner up with the Rockland Community Foundation for his Chromebooks for Kids campaign.

“We are so excited that Devin McCourty has selected this fund as his charity of choice, especially since he is involved in many philanthropic endeavors,” Rockland County Foundation executive director Julie Sadowski said in a statement. “I hope that the community will get behind the Nationwide Challenge so that the fund can receive even more support.”

While the NFL will choose the winner, there is a separate fan vote taking place over Twitter. The nominee that receives the most votes through hashtags in the Nationwide Charity Challenge will receive an additional $25,000 for their fund. Fans can express their vote for McCourty using the hashtag, “#WPMOYChallengeMcCourty.”

Voting results will be announced on Jan. 18.

The 33-year old McCourty has spent the entirety of his 11-year NFL career with the Patriots. This past season, he tallied 68 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown.

The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will be announced on Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl.

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