Pewaukee's own JJ Watt has been named a finalist in the NFL's "Man of the Year" competition.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award highlights the best of the best who do exactly that. The award was established in 1970, but renamed in 1999 after Payton, the Hall of Famer and Chicago Bears running back.
The announcement will be made during the NFL Honors event in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week.More news: College Basketball Predictions: Will Michigan cover vs. Rutgers? 1/21/18
"Greg, Benjamin and J.J. have changed countless lives with their generosity and commitment to helping others", said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. "We commend them for using their platforms to leave a positive impact on communities across the country".
In 2009, Olsen founded Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation, after watching his mother survive breast cancer.
He raised more than $37 million in less than three weeks.
Olsen was up for the award a year ago when Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Giants quarterback Eli Manning shared the honor. In 2013, he and his wife Kara founded the HEARTest Yard Fund after their son T.J. was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.More news: Sergio Aguero hat-trick guides Manchester City past Newcastle United
The program provides families of babies with congenital heart disease with assistance for in-home and private nursing care, as well as physical and speech therapy.
Watson, who went to high school in Rock Hill, has led efforts to combat human trafficking and violence against the poor. Watt is being recognized for his relief efforts after the flooding that affected the Greater Houston Area due to Hurricane Harvey.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was the first and only Panther to receive the NFL Man of the Year Award in 2014.More news: Paes-Raja exit after third round loss to Cabal-Farah