By Ben Warwick

DENVER (CBS4) – Broncos safety Justin Simmons is doing work on the field. He’s also putting in the extra effort off their field.

Justin Simmons, the Broncos 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee

Justin Simmons, the Broncos 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee (credit: CBS)

Simmons is the Broncos’ 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee. The award recognizes a player for outstanding leadership both on the field and in the community.

CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 2: Justin Simmons #31 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball after making an interception during the third quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

In a release, the Broncos note that Simmons has volunteered more than 3,500 minutes with 20 different local groups. Simmons has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, Children’s Hospital Colorado, the Denver Rescue Mission, and many more working on youth development, ending hunger, and overall health and wellness.

Simmons will get to wear a Walter Payton Man of the Year decal on his helmet in recognition of his nomination. All 32 nominees from each team will be honored during the week leading up to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. The winner will be announced during the NFL Honors award ceremony on February 1st. As a nominee, Simmons will get a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice, courtesy of Nationwide and the NFL Foundation.

“So many guys that are deserving on this team that go to so many different events and give so much of their time to the community and charities and organizations. So to be recognized as one of those guys and be a representative for the Broncos, it is truly humbling and really humbling experience for me,” Simmons said.

Previous Broncos nominees include Von Miller (2018), Chris Harris Jr. (2017), Virgil Green (2016), David Bruton Jr. (2015), and Ben Garland (2014). John Elway is the only Bronco to win the award, in 1992.

Ben Warwick

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