It's always a good thing when we can find things to smile about during such a tortuous season, and now is one of those times.
The award recognizes a player's off-field contributions as well as his efforts on the field. The league award has been around since 1970 and was named after Payton in 1999.
Idonije established the Israel Idonije Foundation to help families and individuals in economically challenged communities in the area and around the world. He has done substantial charitable work in Nigeria and has sponsored scholarships. He also has done charitable work in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and in local communities here.
Congrats to Izzy... we're pulling for you! Also, here is a link to the Israel Idonije Foundation.
And, for no real reason, a picture of a happy hamster.