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Lorenzo Alexander Chosen As Redskins’ Recipient of Walter Payton Award
Lorenzo Alexander was chosen Thursday as the Washington Redskins’ recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, given annually to the player on each NFL team who balances excellence on the field and in the community.
Alexander, a linebacker, was the Redskins’ special teams captain this season. His A.C.E.S. (Accountability, Community, Education, Sports) Foundation tutors children, runs workshops to prepare students for college and teach them other life skills, sponsors youth football clinics and gives speeches to nonprofit groups.
He has donated more than $62,000 to help support philanthropic work in Oakland, Calif., his hometown, and in the Washington area, according to a press release issued by the team. By earning the award, Alexander will receive a $1,000 donation for his foundation; if he is one of three finalists for the league-wide award, he will win an additional $5,000, and he will win $25,000 from the NFL if he is chosen as the winner later this month.
Alexander also won the award last season, while linebacker London Fletcher was the recipient in 2008 and 2009 and linebacker Rocky McIntosh won it in 2007.