By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Steelers nominated Cam Heyward for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

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On the field, the Steelers say Heyward is a menace. But off the field, he has a heart of gold.

“There’s not a box that he doesn’t check,” Coach Mike Tomlin said on the Steelers’ website. “From a quality of play standpoint, from a quality leadership standpoint, from a guy that does things right inside this building and outside this building. He’s just a blueprint for young players.”

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Every NFL team names a nominee, and they’re all eligible for the award. The winner will be announced the Thursday before the Super Bowl.

Heyward will wear a special decal on his helmet for the rest of the season designating him as a nominee.

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“It’s really important to give back,” Heyward said on the Steelers’ website. “A lot of people out there need our help. I will always continue to give back. I always want to make sure I can help people succeed and this gives me an opportunity to do that.”