We all know Carlos Dunlap as the dominant defensive end that fans have grown to love, harassing quarterbacks and marking a notable on-field impact. But, the community knows him as so much more.
That’s why Dunlap is being sent to represent the Bengals for the first-ever “Anything But Ordinary” Player of the Year award presented by Microsoft Surface at the NFL Honors, the league’s annual award show.
Having now been with the Bengals for a decade, Dunlap has become a fan-favorite, racking up 81.5 sacks. Throughout his time in the Queen City, he’s seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows yet has managed to create a home in Cincinnati.
While his Pro Bowl appearances may be what most remember him for, Dunlap is also a owner of Honey Uninhibited, a Miami-based restaurant. That is the reason for his nomination.
According to Bengals.com, “This award will honor players pushing the envelope through entrepreneurship, technology, and literary or creative arts in their day-to-day lives.”
On top of that, Dunlap has set up his own foundation, giving back to the children in the Cincinnati community. That includes an anti-bullying campaign to go with other community-impacting initiatives.
He was nominated last year for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for such contributions. Sadly, it was defensive end Chris Long who eventually took home that award.
That said, Dunlap’s odds for Anything But Ordinary will be up to the fans, as their votes will be the ones that ultimately decide the award. Given the Cincinnati style, it’s doubtful Dunlap collects enough votes to secure the much-deserved award.
The voting will be up for 10 ten days from Jan. 10 to Jan. 20. The award show will not take place until February 1.