Clutch on and off the field, Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was named the club's 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year, as well as the 2014 December Community All-Star. During the fifth annual Community Honors Dinner on Monday night, Bryant became the second player in Falcons history to win the award two years in a row, recognizing the kicker for his dedication and commitment to off-the-field community service throughout the 2014 season.
By winning this year's award, Bryant is among 31 other players in consideration for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which will be announced during halftime at Super Bowl XLIX.
Warrick Dunn, the 2003 and 2004 Falcons Man of the Year, announced the winner to the crowd. Previous winners of the award, Buddy Curry and Brian Finneran, were in attendance, as well as the nominees for this year's award, including 2014 September Community All-Star Robert McClain, 2014 October Community All-Star Josh Harris and 2014 November Community All-Star Patrick DiMarco.
"It's an honor to be recognized off the field." Bryant said. "Everybody sees what you do on the field on Sundays, but to be able to recognize what you're doing on your time off, helping people out however it is that you can, it's always an honor."