Andy Dalton has been named a finalist for the 2018 NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP. He was one of five nominees announced Tuesday, which include Colin Kaepernick, Chris Long (Philadelphia Eagles), Von Miller (Denver Broncos) and J.J. Watt (Houston Texans).
The award is the highest honor that the NFLPA can give a player, as it annually recognizes those who go above and beyond to perform community service in their team cities and hometowns. A winner will be determined from among the finalists through a vote by their NFL peers.
Earlier this season, Dalton was named the Week 8 NFLPA Community MVP for helping raise $30,000 to financially assist families of seriously ill and physically challenged children during his foundation event, A Night in the Jungle. That featured Andy and his wife, Jordan Dalton, hosting more than 500 guests at Paul Brown Stadium.
The event involved several family-friendly events for children to take part in. Dalton even spent an hour throwing touchdown passes to kids, and meeting with families of children with special needs and chronic or critical illnesses.
The event ended up raising $30,000 dollars for the Pass It On Fund, which is part of the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation. Through the program, the couple accepts applications from low-income families who are requesting aid for the high costs of their children’s treatment. The couple personally reviews each application, and they end up either fully or partially covering nearly every request made by local families.
The winner is scheduled to be announced at 4:30 p.m. EST on February 1 at the NFLPA’s annual Super Bowl press conference, where he will receive a $100,000 donation for his foundation or charity of choice.