Walter Payton Man Of The Year: KC's Brian Waters A Winner Off The Field

James AdkinsCorrespondent IIFebruary 7, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 05:  Guard Brian Watters #54 of the Kansas City Chiefs and Walter Payton Man of the Year Finalist looks on during the Walter Payton Man of the Year Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 5, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs have struggled on the field the past few years.

But if there's one thing Chiefs players continue to do better than any other players in the NFL, it's give back to the community off the field. 

For the fifth time in the history of the NFL Man of the Year award, known since 1999 as the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, a Chiefs player has won for his generosity off the field. This year's winner is Chiefs All-Pro Guard Brian Waters. 

Waters established his Brian Waters 54 Foundation back in 2005, which provides opportunities for underprivileged children and low-income families. Among other charitable work that he does, Waters is also the Chiefs chairman for First Downs with Down Syndrome, a program that raises more than $400,000 annually. 

Waters joins former Chiefs greats Will Shields, Derrick Thomas, Len Dawson, and Willie Lanier on the list of winners from Kansas City.