Bobby Wagner is Seahawks nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year award
Here are two things that are not breaking news. One is that Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is a fantastic football player and should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer five years after he decides to retire. He is Seattle's all-time leader in combined tackles and he is a six-time First-Team All-Pro and three-time Second-Team selection.
But more importantly, Wagner might be a better person than he is a football player. For the second time in his career, he has been nominated for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award which honors "a player's commitment to philanthropy and community impact, as well as his excellence on the field." Wagner also goes about his philanthropic causes very quietly, which is ideally how one should do that because the point is to help people and not draw attention to oneself.
Still, here are a few of the many great things Wagner does to help people. One is that he and receiver Tyler Lockett have in recent years paid for all the lunch debt of students in the Renton School District. When one is struggling to pay their bills, any bills can be stressful. Paying off lunch debts just helps parents and students have one less thing to have to deal with and that is immeasurable.
Wagner also launched a comic book in 2023 called "FAST54" in partnership with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health which helps promote awareness of signs of a stroke. The proceeds of the comic book go toward the Phenia Mae Fund which was also launched by Bobby Wagner and named in horo of Wagner's mother who passed away from a stroke when Wagner was playing in college.