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Jaguars nominate Dawuane Smoot for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

Jacksonville’s veteran defender is being recognized for his charitable efforts in the Northeast Florida area.

Jacksonville Jaguars v New York Jets Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars have nominated Dawuane Smoot for the 2023-24 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the team announced today (and teased at last night’s game).

According to the NFL, the award “is the league’s most prestigious honor and acknowledges NFL players who excel on the field and demonstrate a passion for creating a lasting positive impact beyond the game.”

The following info is from Jaguars dot com.

Since signing with the Jaguars in 2017, Smoot has been a champion for the Northeast Florida community engaging in numerous charitable initiatives around food insecurity, education and youth development.

Smoot often works with area nonprofits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, Better Dads Society and the Jacksonville Arts and Music School, and participates in food distributions with local food banks and the annual “Shop with a Jaguar, providing children from underserved areas of Jacksonville with a holiday shopping spree.

His passion for youth education, has led him and his wife, Aumari, to open The Elsie Academy, a bilingual early-learning center in Jacksonville that offers a curriculum centered around Biblical principles, individualized academic attention and offers a nurturing environment that promotes excellence. It was at the ribbon cutting for The Elsie Academy that Smoot was surprised with the news of the nomination.

The Man of the Year winner will be announced during NFL Honors on Thursday, February 8.

Congratulations to Dawuane for his well-deserved nomination!