This week the Bengals announced that defensive end Carlos Dunlap is the team's nominee for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
We know Dunlap is a force on the field, but he's also a force off the field, as well. Through his foundation he helps students with their ACT and SAT preps; gives spa experiences to breast cancer patients; provides birthday parties to homeless kids, and provides tickets for youngsters to attend sports and entertainment events.
The Bengals have a track record of Man of the Year award winners--both Kenny Anderson and Anthony Munoz have won the league award. It's nice to see Dunlap follow in their footsteps.
Dunlap also was among the Bengals participating in the "Shop with a Pro" event earlier this week, where area students got a shopping spree with Bengal players.
His nomination comes as the NFL is "celebrating" (if that's the right word) its first arrest-free month in six years for November. It's nice to see the league honor players like Carlos Dunlap who do good in the community.