CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has claimed the Nationwide Charity Challenge.
Newton garnered the most votes among the Walter Payton Man of the Year candidates in a social media campaign. He was able earn $25,000 for his foundation, the Cam Newton Foundation.
Newton had more than 600,000 mentions while the runner up, Washington long snapper Nick Sundberg was just shy of 300,000 mentions and will receive $10,000. Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph finished third in the voting and will receive $5,000.
"I appreciate the fans for showing support in helping me win Nationwide's Charity Challenge. I'm using this platform to enhance programs and grants that will greatly impact the community. To be nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is something that I really appreciate -- because it's bigger than football. God has blessed me and all I'm trying to do is bless others," Newton said according to an Instagram post from the Carolina Panthers.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner will be announced February 1. The winner of that award will receive $250,000 donated to the charity of his choice. Additionally, all of the 31 nominees will receive $50,000 to donate to charity.