Chicago’s nominated tight end, Trey Burton for the ‘Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year’ award. The award recognizes an NFL player who excels both on and off the field with community service. Amongst a handful of community work he does, Burton donates $1,000 per catch and $2,500 for every touchdown to the International Justice Mission; a global organization trying to eliminate slave trade.
“I feel like all [NFL players] have an influence, have an opportunity, have a platform, and I feel like if we’re just playing football, we’re wasting our time,” Burton said. “You hear about the one or two or three bad apples, but the majority of the guys in this league are great. There’s some unbelievable things that guys are doing, so it’s cool to be recognized. I’ve never done it to be recognized. I kind of like doing things on the low, and not really lettin’ people what’s goin’ on, but it’s cool to be recognized.”
Burton is also one of five Bears on the team’s newly formed social justice committee.