The Denver Broncos have announced their Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, and he’s part of the No Fly Zone secondary.
“Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was named the Broncos’ nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of Year Award,” wrote ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “Friday, he said he hoped to continue to the expand his work with the Denver Rescue Mission as well as his work with children and families both in Denver and his hometown of Tulsa, Okla.”
Harris does a lot of work with kids off of the field, and he really puts his time into it. He certainly understands the stage he has and the position it gives him.
“A lot of people can relate to my story,” he said, per Zac Stevens of BSN. “So it makes it easier for me to have an impact on them.”
The mission statement from the Chris Harris Foundation spells out his mentality perfectly. That mindset has driven him to become one of the best corners in the NFL, and he wants to help other kids rise up even if they don’t think they have a shot.
“Chris always viewed himself as an underdog,” that mission statement reads. “The Super Bowl Champion was not heavily recruited out of high school and went undrafted after a successful college career. He has worked tirelessly to overcome the odds but acknowledges that he would never have been able to achieve his NFL dream without the people along the way that believed in him as much as he believed in himself. There are thousands of children in Denver and across the country who are also underdogs, the Chris Harris Jr. Foundation’s mission is to help those kids rise above their circumstances and strive for greatness. For Chris, every underdog deserves a shot at success.”
Harris is lucky to have had the support he’s had over the years, and he hopes to give that to others. By working with those who need it the most, he’s shown that he’s certainly worthy of this nomination.