Greg Olsen just won the NFL’s Man of The Year Award Challenge thanks to the overwhelming response from his fans.
As part of the Man of the Year award campaign, the NFL and Nationwide launched their second Walter Payton Man of the Year Charity Challenge last month. The challenge pitted each award nominee’s fans against each-other, to see who could tweet and post the most. Fans were directed to post on social media using their favorite nominee’s hashtag between December 12 and January 8. The player with the most hashtag mentions would win $25,000 for the charity of his choice.
Greg’s unique hashtag was #OlsenWPMOYChallenge, in support of his charity Receptions for Research – helping cancer and cardiovascular diseases patients receive a second chance at life.
Although he was trailing by more than 100 thousand mentions Saturday night, fans rallied together to dominates all social media channels yesterday and put Olsen back on top.
He ended up surging ahead of the second place finisher, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, by over 400,000 total mentions to win the contest with over 1,000,000 total mentions.
Even William Shatner had joined in on the fun;
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 9, 2017
Greg Olsen was selected as the team’s nominee for the award for his excellence on and off the field, and for his positive impact on he’s had on the Charlotte community.
Greg is such an outstanding guy, that he even pledged to match Nationwide’s donation of $25,000 by giving $1 to his charity for everytime someone retweeted this post (up to $25,000):
— Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) January 8, 2017
Looks like Receptions for Research will now be receiving over $50,000 to help save lives.
Thanks Greg Olsen for all you do, and thanks Panther fans for your tweets, retweets, comments, and posts!