Receiver Bobby Engram has been selected as the Seattle Seahawks 2007 Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year for his on-going work in the community and his achievements on the field.
Engram is one of 32 finalists – one from each team. The winner, which be announced before the Super Bowl, will be selected by a panel of judges including commissioner Roger Godell, Connie Payton (wife of the late Walter Payton) and former players such as Frank Gifford, Jack Kemp and John Mackey.
For the past two years, Engram has held a walk at Seward Park that benefits Sickle Cell Anemia research. He has also spoke to state legislators on the importance of funding research for the disease, which is a hereditary form of anemia in which the red blood cells become sickle-shaped and less able to carry oxygen.
Engram has teamed up with the NFL's "What Moves U" program, which addresses childhood obesity by encouraging exercise. He has also been involved with Marcus Trufant's foundation and supporte Deion Branch's pool and bowling event, which raises money for victims of meningitis.