Cowboys TE Witten named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was honored as the 2012 NFL Man of the Year on Saturday. The award recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.

"I am extremely flattered to be chosen the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year from such an esteemed group of nominees," said Witten. "I work hard every day not only to be a success on the football field and a credit to my team - but to be a good husband, father, son, grandson, teammate - to be the kind of man that is as respected as Walter Payton was. Like others before me, I have a great opportunity as an NFL player to make a difference in the lives of others. It is honestly humbling to be recognized in such a manner for simply doing what I feel is right and human. I am fortunate to have a great support system in my family, the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL which allows me to make an impact in the communities and with people who love our game."

Witten, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, has emerged as the Cowboys' most prolific pass catcher during his time in the league.

He's also been involved in several non-profit organizations. Witten serves as the team spokesman for NFL PLAY 60 and, through his own charity, Jason Witten's SCORE Foundation (JWSF), he has launched numerous programs and funded many building projects in Texas and his native Tennessee.