By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
New Orleans _ An emotionally satisfying season continues for Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, whose on field success of setting a league record for catches by a tight end and making the Pro Bowl for a eighth time may only be surpassed by winning the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
Witten is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton award, considered the league's Nobel Peace prize, as it honors a player’s community activism as well as on field success. The other two finalists are Arizona 's Larry Fitzgerald and Cleveland 's Joe Thomas. The winner will be announced on Saturday.
"Walter Payton epitomized what the NFL shield is all about," Witten said. "He was sweetness on the field. He was a better man off the field. This is an award where everybody is a winner. So many players do it the right way on and off the field. Just to be mentioned is very humbling."
Symmetrically, Witten's record-setting performance on the field in 2012 and distinguished work in the community were initially rooted in adversity.
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