NEW ORLEANS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has been named the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Witten was announced as the winner at Saturday’s Second Annual NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that aired on CBS 11.

“I am extremely flattered to be chosen the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year from such an esteemed group of nominees,” said Witten. “I work hard every day not only to be a success on the football field and a credit to my team – but to be a good husband, father, son, grandson, teammate – to be the kind of man that is as respected as Walter Payton was. Like others before me, I have a great opportunity as an NFL player to make a difference in the lives of others. It is honestly humbling to be recognized in such a manner for simply doing what I feel is right and human. I am fortunate to have a great support system in my family, the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL which allows me to make an impact in the communities and with people who love our game.”

Witten will be honored before Super Bowl XLVII by the former Chicago Bears Running Back’s childeren, Jarrett and Britney Payton.

The award recognizes the players’ off-the-field work in the community, as well as his on-field-performance.

Witten is involved in numerous non-profit organizations including the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation. He also hosts a football camp in his native Tennessee during the Summer.

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