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Feely is AZ Cardinals/Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

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Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely has been named the Arizona Cardinals/Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

Cardinals President Michael Bidwell will award Feely a trophy following football practice Thursday.

The NFL will grant $1,000 to the charity of Feely's choice.

Feely is one of 32 NFL Man of the Year winners to qualify for the league's national 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. The award recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well his playing excellence.

The overall winner will be announced prior to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York/New Jersey. Finalists for the award receive $5,000 for their charity of choice from NFL Charities and the winner receives a $25,000 donation.

Feely is a supporter and regular visitor at the Phoenix Ronald McDonald House and is a yearly participant at the team's "Feed the Hungry" program to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. At this year's event, Feely was given the "Game Changer" award by the Rescue Mission for his years of service and dedication.

He is also a supporter of the House of Refuge, a nonprofit organization helping homeless families and individuals as they strive towards self-sufficiency and seek to obtain permanent housing.

Feely traveled to Haiti to take part in relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in 2010. In March 2013, Feely once again joined a group from The Grove church in Chandler to continue the process of rebuilding a church that was destroyed by the earthquake.

The group also spent time at an orphanage outside of Port Au Prince, bringing clothes and other goods for donation.

Along with his family, Jay created the Feely Family Foundation which focuses on the protection, education, and rehabilitation of children.

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