An official announcment regarding the winner will be made on January 12.
I cant express how much this support and $ means to families we treat @LevineChildrens. This $ will bring life saving care kids who need it— Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) January 9, 2017
Olsen had been trailing 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith by about 100,000 mentions entering the final days of the competition. Then came an incredible surge of support for the Panthers tight end.
With the help of teammates like
Before midnight Saturday, Olsen had taken a substantial lead.
Then "The Rock" entered the ring.
Like Olsen, Dwayne Johnson played college football at Miami, and the star wrestler turned star actor pitched in for a fellow Hurricane. With The Rock in Olsen’s corner, it was only a matter of time before Olsen became the people’s champion.
In addition to the $25,000 prize from Nationwide, Olsen is making his own personal contribution. Olsen said he would donate one dollar for every retweet up to 25,000. Fans responded by producing more than 32,000 retweets.
After Olsen surpassed one million mentions, head coach Ron Rivera pledged to donate $8,888.88.
The 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will be presented in Houston during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 4, 2017, the night before Super Bowl LI, from 8-10 p.m. (ET and PT) on FOX.