Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats has been named the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year for 2013.
Over his four-year career, Moats has worked with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County and other local groups. Just Friday, he hosted several Buffalo-area students for a shopping spree, giving them $300 gift cards to use for presents. He also conducts numerous school visits and takes part in the NFL Play 60 initiative.
"It’s a huge honor, and it comes with a lot of responsibility, as well,” Moats said. "I’m humbled by it. I feel like I’m in a position where I can influence people and touch a lot of lives. My family and I understand the spot we’re in, and want to help people out and let everyone know that we’re in Buffalo to be a part of the community."
Each team nominates one player for the league-wide award. A panel will choose a winner from among them.
On the field, Moats is best known for knocking Brett Favre out of the quarterback's final NFL game in 2010. Moats has a career-high 54 tackles this season. he has 141 career tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles.
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