Trey Burton does just about anything in the Bears offense and now he has another role for the team.
The Bears named their tight end the 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee. The award, named for the Bears' all-time rushing leader, recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service.
“It’s an incredible and humbling honor to be nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award,” Burton said in a statement released by the Bears “I’m so thankful for everyone who has supported me in my career, most importantly my wife, family, teammates, coaches and the Bears organization. To even be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton is truly special and I hope to continue following in his footsteps to make a lasting impact on our community.”
Burton has pledged to donate $1,000 per catch and $2,500 per touchdown to International Justice Mission, an organization attempting to eliminate slave trade. Burton has raised over $50,000. More than 40 Bears players, coaches and executives have raised $311,150 for five local social justice organizations and Burton is a member of the committee for this effort. He also is involved with the Hand Club for Kids.
Past winners from the Bears of this award include Charles Tillman, Dave Duerson, Mike Singletary, Jim Flanigan and Walter Payton.
The winner is announced during NFL Honors, an awards special to air the night before the Super Bowl.