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CB Casey Hayward is the Chargers nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award!
For his work in the community, as well as his outstanding play on the field, Hayward is the Los Angeles Chargers' nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
Show support for Casey Hayward and he could win an additional $25,000 donation to his charity. Cast your vote for Hayward by simply using the Charity Challenge hashtag and his last name (#WPMOYChallenge Hayward) on Twitter now through January 7, 2018.
In looking for a player whose life experiences have truly fostered a profound desire to give back, the Chargers had to look no further than 6th year Cornerback, Casey Hayward, for the honor of being the Team’s 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.
In 2016, his first season with the Chargers, Hayward was a first-time Pro Bowler, the Chargers’ Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, and a second-team All-Pro. Hayward also led the NFL and set a new career high with seven picks as he became the first Chargers defender to win the League’s interceptions title outright since 2007. Now midway through the 2017 season, Casey Hayward has continued his exemplary play on the field. Despite seeing fewer targets to his receiver due to an enhanced respect from opposing quarterbacks, the former Vanderbilt Commodore has still recorded four interceptions, 18 pass breakups, and ranks near the top ten in the NFL at his position according to Pro Football Focus.
While his accomplishments and accolades on the field are certainly impressive, Hayward is just as impactful in the community. In 2014 Casey created the Hayward’s Hands Foundation in Georgia, alongside his mother, Tish Hayward. The Foundation’s mission is to reach persons of all ages with programs and services to meet their particular needs through love and compassion. Casey’s goal for the Foundation is to touch the lives of others by motivating and inspiring them that dreams do come true. Hayward’s Hands started with a Thanksgiving meal its first year and now annually hosts a number of events, including the Thanksgiving meal, a Christmas Toy Drive, youth football camps and provides scholarships to students in his hometown of Perry.
Prior to the opening of Chargers Training Camp in 2016, Casey learned that his mom, Tish, had succumbed after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Prior to her passing, Tish was honored by the NFL Mothers Association and Paradigm 360 for her work with Casey and the Foundation. Casey is now dedicated to honoring her legacy by continuing Hayward’s Hands amazing work in the community. In his newly adopted home of Los Angeles, Casey is also already an active participant in Chargers events including the annual Back-To-School Shoe Distribution and Cancer Awareness themed activations including the 2017 #CrucialCatch Pledge Campaign. This season, Casey even volunteered his time to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey during the Chargers food drive to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Casey Hayward’s passion for people and societal causes truly carries over from the field into the community, and it’s easy to see why the Los Angeles Chargers are honored to nominate #26 Cornerback, Casey Hayward as the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year!