Vikings TE Rudolph Wins Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has won the Walter Payton Man Of The Year Charity Challenge.
According to Kare11.com, the Man of the Year award was established in 1970, but the affiliated Charity Challenge has been going on only four years.
Each of the 32 NFL teams nominate a play to represent the team for the charity challenge, then fans decided who wins by using Twitter hashtags associated with their favorite player.
After the Vikings players nominated Rudolph as the representative, Vikings fans used his hashtag on Twitter nearly 470,000 times, making him the winner. Winning the award means that Nationwide, which sponsors the award, will contribute $25,000 to Rudolph's foundation, Kyle Rudolph's End Zone.
Kyle Rudolph's End Zone is a therapeutic play space for children and teens located within the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.