Jonathan Vilma is chosen New Orleans Saints Man of the Year

New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been named the 2010 Saints "Man of the Year," the team announced Tuesday.

One of the most prestigious awards in the NFL, the honor is voted on annually by members of the media, Saints front office staff and local non-profit and business executives.

The team cited Vilma's dedication to community service, his charitable efforts and his performance on the football field as the reasons for Vilma's selection.

"Jonathan's passion and dedication to making a positive impact in not only the New Orleans community, but also in his hometown Miami and his parents' birthplace of Haiti, speaks to the compassion and generosity that he exhibits," Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said. "He is certainly deserving of the Man of the Year honor and we congratulate him."

Vilma recently established The Jonathan Vilma Foundation to support the building of a charter school in Haiti, where a devastating 7.0 earthquake wrecked the region and killed more than 230,000 people.
Vilma is now one of the finalists for the NFL Man of the Year.

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