Vincent Jackson has been named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2016 Man of the Year, which means he’ll be the team’s nominee for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year honor for the fourth consecutive season.
The NFL allows every team to nominate one player for its Man of the Year award, and Jackson has been the Bucs’ representative for four years in a row. The award is handed out for community and philanthropy activities, so the fact that Jackson was barely on the field this year doesn’t have a huge impact on this nomination — though officially, the Walter Payton award recognizes excellence on and off the field both.
Jackson won the NFL’s Salute to Service award earlier this season for his community efforts emphasizing the military. The military has been the main focus of Jackson’s community and charity efforts, with he and his wife releasing two children’s books featuring Danny Dogtags, a boy whose father serves in the military.
Jackson’s currently on injured reserve and in the final year of his contract, making it somewhat unlikely that he’ll return to play for the Bucs in 2017. In other words: this award may very well be his last in a Tampa Bay uniform.