Andrew Whitworth joined the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent in 2017, and as big as his impact has been on the field, it’s been even greater off it. A staple in the Los Angeles community, Whitworth has given back to those in need each year he’s been with the Rams.
And for his efforts off the field, Whitworth has been recognized with an incredible honor: Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Whitworth won the award at the NFL Honors show on Thursday night, being recognized as the player who exemplifies community impact and philanthropy. He joins an elite group of great men who have helped out in the community throughout their NFL careers, a well-deserved honor for the 40-year-old left tackle.
Among his many selfless acts, Whitworth contributed more than $215,000 to the players’ social justice fund.
He also launched the Big Whit Homes for L.A. Families program, pledging to donate $20,000 after each Rams home game in an effort to help those in need. He started his own non-profit organization, the Big Whit 77 Foundation, which helps local youth and families through several different avenues, as well.
As part of the NFL’s My Cause, My Cleats program, Whitworth didn’t choose just one charitable foundation to play for. He recognized the following causes: St. Joseph’s Center, LA Family Housing, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Rebuilding Together New Orleans.
For winning the award, Whitworth will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of his choice – surely, something the Rams left tackle will put to great use. He said in his acceptance speech that “we have more work to do.”
“We need more action,” he said.
Whitworth has hinted that this will be his last NFL season, so it’s perfect that he wins Walter Payton Man of the Year in what could be his final year. After being nominated four times by the Rams, he unquestionably deserves this honor – and he’ll be sure to carry on this legacy after he’s done playing.