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Carolina Panthers football player Thomas Davis is one of the best linebackers in the NFL football league, but his work off the field is what earned him this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

He and his wife Kelly founded the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for more than 2,000 underprivileged children and their families.

Among other charitable acts, his annual free football camp provides more than 350 children with instruction in sports and life skills.

Two other players were also honored, including Aaron Rodgers.

(READ the story from Reuters or WATCH the award presentation at

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