18 May Darius Butler: ‘Humbled’ as nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year award
The Indianapolis Colts announced earlier in the week that safety Darius Butler would be their nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The announcement was immediately met with praise as Butler would be recognized for his strong work both on the field and in the community.
The veteran safety, who has spent the past six seasons with the Colts, said he was surprised and humbled to be the team’s nominee.
“I was definitely surprised when they announced it. Like I said, humbling. Definitely proud, just to be amongst the guys, even the former nominees from this team: Peyton Manning, Pat McAfee, Joe Reitz, David Thornton, Dwayne Allen,” Butler told reporters Friday. “A lot of guys that did some great things in the community that’s still even lasting past their playing days and I hope to do the same just following their footsteps.”
Because the award is voted on by teammates, Butler feels that being the team’s nominee is that much more meaningful as it represents the respect he’s earned by his peers.
“Yeah. Any time you’re recognized by your peers that always means a little more,” Butler said. “But even the team, the organization and even being recognized amongst the other guys around the league who are doing some great things. It’s truly an honor.”
The Colts haven’t had much to root for this season as they face a 3-9 record but the veteran safety being nominated for the Walter Payton award is something everyone can get behind.