Entertainment Sports Dak Prescott Named Walter Payton Man of the Year for Charity Work After Mom and Brother's Deaths Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, lost his mom to cancer in 2013 and his brother to suicide in 2020 By Julie Mazziotta Julie Mazziotta Twitter Julie Mazziotta is the Sports Editor at PEOPLE, covering everything from the NFL to tennis to Simone Biles and Tom Brady. She was previously an Associate Editor for the Health vertical for six years, and prior to joining PEOPLE worked at Health Magazine. When not covering professional athletes, Julie spends her time as a (very) amateur athlete, training for marathons, long bike trips and hikes. People Editorial Guidelines and Natasha Dye Natasha Dye Twitter Natasha Dye is a writer-reporter for PEOPLE Digital covering sports. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 9, 2023 11:23 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Dak Prescott. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Dak Prescott was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year for 2022 for his charity foundation work centered on cancer research, in honor of his mother, and suicide prevention, in his brother's memory. Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, won the award at Thursday night's NFL Honors. The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is given to an NFL player who shows "his excellence on and off the field," according to the league. Prescott began by thanking everyone around him, from his father and siblings, to the Cowboys organization, to those working on his foundation, called the Faith Fight Finish Foundation. But he said the most important person to than was his late mother Peggy, who died of colon cancer in 2013. "I want to acknowledge the person who has had the biggest influence on my life, my mother, Peggy," he said. "My mother was, and still is, my moral compass. And through my own charitable contributions, I seek to share her strength and courage with with world." "She was one of a kind," he continued, adding: "My mother inspired me and motivated me to be great despite the circumstances." Prescott then explained that he expanded the work of his foundation after his brother Jace died by suicide in 2020. "But since, the work also honors my brother Jase, who as you saw passed from suicide during COVID in 2020," Prescott said. "I made a promise that that would be one life taken to save millions." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Every NFL team can nominate one of their players for the award. Players who are ultimately given the honor are granted $250,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. All other nominees can receive up to $40,000, given through the NFL Foundation and Nationwide, to donate to a charity. Other nominees for the 2022 award included Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes, and New York Giants' Saquon Barkley. Last year's recipient of the award was Andrew Whitworth of the Los Angeles Rams. Whitworth, 41, was given the honor for his many charitable endeavors off of the field. Andrew Whitworth Named the Walter Payton 'Man of the Year' at NFL Honors Past winners also include Chris Long, J.J. Watt, Charles Tillman, Eli Manning, and Kurt Warner.