The New York Jets announced earlier today that veteran cornerback, Kyle Wilson, will be awarded the Jets 2013 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. This award goes to Gang Green’s most active player in off-the-field community services, as well as his excellent play over the course of a season.
Wilson has been an influential person to many young lives around the Florham Park and Piscataway communities by participating in multiple fundraisers and community service programs. The Jets’ 2013 Walter Payton award winner was also recognized for his many contributions to the New Jersey community in previous seasons, having been awarded last year with the Jets United Way Hometown Hero award and the United Way of New York’s Gridiron Gala.
Since 2011, Wilson has been a major supporter for Woody Johnson’s Alliance for Lupus Research charity and has attended numerous events held by teammates, such as Santonio Holmes’ Sickle Cell Anemia program. He has also spent the past few years as the Jets’ official Play 60 spokesperson, where he has participated in over twenty Play 60 programs, as well as being heavily involved with the Jets Play 60 Challenge at schools in Florham Park, Madison and Harding.
Working with over 400 sixth graders from the local middle schools, No. 20 has encouraged kids to participate and excel in the Play 60 Challenge, as well as bringing awareness of nutrition and fitness to the kids. Wilson’s dedication to making a difference in the community is strong, as he visits every school to award each student an autographed certificate of completion and by participating with the children in various Play 60 challenges.
For his generosity and his efforts off the field, Wilson has been awarded $1,000 to donate to the Piscataway High School varsity football team, where he played from 2001 to 2004. Not only will he be the prized winner of the Jets’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award, he will also be in contention to win the award on the national level. If he gets elected as the NFL’s Walter Payton award winner, he will be recognized at a press conference during Super Bowl Week in New York/New Jersey, where he will receive an additional $25,000 to donate to his organization of choice.