Published: Nov. 27, 2017 at 06:23 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 7, 2017 at 08:29 p.m.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recipients

Take a look at all the players who have received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 after the late Walter Payton, the award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. Prior to 1999, it was called the NFL Man of the Year Award.

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    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    1970, Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts

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    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    1971, John Hadl, San Diego Chargers

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1972, Willie Lanier, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    1973, Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    1974, George Blanda, Oakland Raiders

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1975, Ken Anderson, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Vernon Biever/Associated Press

    1976, Franco Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    NFL Photos

    1977, Walter Payton, Chicago Bears

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1978, Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys

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    NFL Photos

    1979, Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Clem Murray/Associated Press

    1980, Harold Carmichael, Phildelphia Eagles

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    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    1981, Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Chuck Solomon/Associated Press

    1982, Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins

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    Paul Spinelli/Associated Press

    1983, Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Chargers

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    Paul Spinelli/Associated Press

    1984, Marty Lyons, New York Jets

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    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    1985, Dwight Stephenson, Miami Dolphins

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    NFL Photos

    1986, Reggie Williams, Cincinnati Bengals

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1987, Dave Duerson, Chicago Bears

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    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    1988, Steve Largent, Seattle Seahawks

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    Athlon Archive/Associated Press

    1989, Warren Moon, Houston Oilers

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1990, Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears

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    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    1991, Anthony Muñoz, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    1992, John Elway, Denver Broncos

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1993, Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Kevin Reece/Associated Press

    1994, Junior Seau, San Diego Chargers

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    Pat Sullivan/Associated Press

    1995, Boomer Esiason, New York Jets

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1996, Darrell Green, Washington Redskins

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    James D. Smith/Associated Press

    1997, Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys

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    David Durochik/Associated Press

    1998, Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins

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    Kevin Terrell/Associated Press

    1999, Cris Carter, Minnesota Vikings

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    Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

    2000, Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jim Flanigan, Chicago Bears

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    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    2001, Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Kevin Terrell/Associated Press

    2002, Troy Vincent, Phildelphia Eagles

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    Dave Martin/Associated Press

    2003, Will Shields, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Donna McWilliam/Associated Press

    2004, Warrick Dunn, Atlanta Falcons

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    Michael Conroy/Associated Press

    2005, Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

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    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    2006, LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers, Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    2007, Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins

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    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    2008, Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals

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    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    2009, Brian Waters, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Carlos Osorio/Associated Press

    2010, Madieu Williams, Minnesota Vikings

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    Marcio Sanchez/Associated Press

    2011, Matt Birk, Baltimore Ravens

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    AJ Mast/Associated Press

    2012, Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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    Ric Tapia/NFL

    2013, Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears

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    Ben Liebenberg/NFL

    2014, Thomas Davis, Carolina Panthers

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    Ben Liebenberg/NFL

    2015, Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

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    Jeff Lewis/Associated Press

    2016, Eli Manning, New York Giants, Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

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