Jason Witten named Walter Payton finalist

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was named a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, along with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

The award recognzies community service as well as on-field excellence. Witten was also a finalist in 2007.

the winner will be named Feb. 2 during the NFL Honors from New Orelans, site of Super Bowl XLVII.

Witten set an NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end in 2012 with 110 and also became the Cowboys' all-time leader in receptions, of which he has 806. He was tabbed to play in his eighth Pro Bowl next week.

The Jason Witten SCORE Foundation helps raise awareness of domestic violence in North Texas and in Tennessee.