Colin Kaepernick, J.J. Watt among finalists for community MVP award

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Colin Kaepernick, J.J. Watt among finalists for community MVP award

Colin Kaepernick, J.J. Watt among finalists for community MVP award

The NFLPA on Tuesday announced the five finalists for the Byron "Whizzer" White Community MVP award, including one name that might come as a surprise.

The list of finalists for the award, which honors players for their community service work in their teams' cities and hometowns, includes Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Eagles defensive end Chris Long and free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Watt was instrumental in relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and helped raise more than $37 million. Dalton's charity helps fund local children's hospitals, and it received massive support from Bills fans after Dalton helped Buffalo end its playoff drought this season.

Long pledged early in the season to give his full 2017 salary, worth $1 million, to educational charities. Miller's charity helps give free eye exams and glasses to low-income youth.

Perhaps the most surprising nomination is Kaepernick, who spent the entire season as a free agent. He has been active on the charity front with his 100 Suits for 100 Men program as well as his 10 for 10 campaign, which has led to a donation of $1 million to fight oppression through education and social activism.

The award is named after Byron "Whizzer" White, a former Supreme Court justice and noted humanitarian who was an All-Pro halfback in the 1940s. The player who wins will get $100,000 to donate to the charity of his choosing, with the other four finalists getting $10,000.