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Pierre Thomas named New Orleans Saints 2013 Man of the Year

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Pierre Thomas, running back for the New Orleans Saints, has been named the New Orleans Saints 2013 Man of the Year. The Saints have also nominated Thomas for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

The annual Walter Payton Man of the Year award is given by the National Football League to recognize a player's charity work, in addition to his performance on the field.

Each year, 32 nominees from the 32 different teams are nominated for the award. A panel of judges, including the the NFL's Commissioner, Connie Payton, the previous year's winner, and several former NFL players, selects the winner of the award. The winner receives a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice, and the other 31 finalists receive donations of $1,000 each for their chosen charities.

Thomas' iCAN Foundation was established in 2012 to promote living a healthy lifestyle through physically activity and a proper diet. It does this through an array of programs like: It's Geaux Time!, a school program encouraging kids to get active for one hour before going home, Shopping with a Saint partners up with sporting goods stores and allows the youngsters to select products they can utilize to stay active, the I Can Grow - Community Garden Project, Reviving Recess, and Football Skills Day - the three hour program offered at schools or community centers where children will be instructed in offensive, defensive, special team’s skills and drills by Thomas or an invited NFL athlete.

Thomas also tirelessly participates in school visits, hospital visits, holiday food and toy drives, and more.

Congratulations Pierre!

For information on how you can help the iCan Foundation - either via donation or sponsorship - click here.

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