Kyle Van Noy is Patriots' nominee for Walter Payton Man of Year

Ryan Hannable
December 12, 2019 - 10:44 am

Earlier this year, Kyle Van Noy won the Patriots' Ron Burton Community Service Award and now the linebacker is in the running for another community service award, this time on a national level.

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Van Noy is the Patriots' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which goes to an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field.

“We are happy to nominate Kyle Van Noy for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award,” Robert Kraft said in the release. “We are so proud of Kyle’s accomplishments on the field as a New England Patriot, but even more so of his character and his contributions in the community. His Van Noy Valor Foundation has helped countless children and families. He and Marissa are remembering their childhoods and how foster care and adoption positively impacted their lives. Kyle’s personal connection to the reason behind their foundation is inspiring.”

Kyle and his wife, Marissa, started the Van Noy Valor Foundation, a mission that helps initiatives relating to adopted, foster and disadvantaged youth who are in need.

“It is a great honor to be nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award,” said Van Noy. “Our foundation was put together so that we can share our stories and promote foster care and adoption and show how beautiful it is. It is meaningful because I have lived it, it is a part me and it is a part of my wife and her family. We understand the process, and we’ve seen the positive outcomes of the situation we are in. We like to share our message and hopefully it inspires other families.”

The winner will be announced during the NFL Honors show, the day before the Super Bowl.

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