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       === Cowboys TE Witten named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA  (Sports Network) - Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was
 honored  as the  2012 NFL Man of  the Year on Saturday. The award recognizes a
 player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
 
 "I  am extremely flattered  to be chosen the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the
 Year from such an esteemed group of nominees," said Witten. "I work hard every
 day  not only to be  a success on the football field and a credit to my team -
 but  to be a good husband, father, son, grandson, teammate - to be the kind of
 man that is as respected as Walter Payton was. Like others before me, I have a
 great  opportunity as  an NFL  player to  make a  difference in  the lives  of
 others.  It is honestly  humbling to be recognized in such a manner for simply
 doing  what I feel  is right and human. I am fortunate to have a great support
 system in my family, the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL which allows me to make an
 impact in the communities and with people who love our game."
 
 Witten,  an  eight-time Pro Bowl  selection, has  emerged as the Cowboys' most
 prolific pass catcher during his time in the league.
 
 He's  also been involved in several non-profit organizations. Witten serves as
 the  team spokesman  for  NFL PLAY  60  and, through  his  own charity,  Jason
 Witten's SCORE Foundation (JWSF), he has launched numerous programs and funded
 many building projects in Texas and his native Tennessee.
 
 
 02/02 21:03:02 ET