Alex Smith is the Chiefs’ nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
Smith is being recognized for his work through the Alex Smith Foundation, which is focused on giving foster youth the resources and tools they need to successfully transition into adulthood.
The Walter Payton award, established in 1970 and named after the Bears’ Hall of Fame running back in 1999, recognizes one NFL player annually for his excellence on and off the field, with each team nominating a player who has had a significant positive impact on his community.
A panel of judges will determine the winner, who will be announced during the fifth annual NFL Honors awards show on FOX Feb. 4, the night before Super Bowl LI.
Five Chiefs have won the award since its inception, tied with Chicago for the most of any team: Willie Lanier (1972), Len Dawson (1973), Derrick Thomas (1993), Will Shields (2003) and Brian Waters (2009).
Safety Eric Berry, who beat cancer during the 2015 offseason, was the Chiefs’ nominee last season.