Walter Payton Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) of college football as chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors. The honor was first given in 1987 to the outstanding player in the division, but in 1995, eligibility was restricted to offensive players, as the  Buck Buchanan Award for defensive players was inaugurated.
The bust was named in honor of the late
National Football League (NFL) legend Walter Payton, who starred at Jackson State University.
Among the many schools in the division, only seven schools have won it twice:
Appalachian State, Colgate, Eastern Washington, Georgia Southern, Idaho, New Hampshire, and Villanova. In 2009, Armanti Edwards from Appalachian State became the first player to receive the award twice.
Armanti Edwards is the only two-time winner of the award
Past finalists Edit
"Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network . http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/payton.htm . Retrieved 2008-12-22.
Roy Taylor (2002). "Walter Payton Biography". Bears History . http://www.bearshistory.com/lore/walterpayton.aspx . Retrieved 2008-12-22.
"Armanti Edwards wins 2009 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network . http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2009payton_edwards_900.htm . Retrieved 2008-12-17.
Erik Meyer wins 2005 Walter Payton Award Sports Network
Ricky Santos wins the 2006 Walter Payton Award Sports Network
Sweet: Foster wins Walter Payton Award Savannah Now, December 13, 2007
Donaldson third in Payton Award voting McDonough Voice, December 19, 2008
Edwards a Payton Award finalist Watauga Democrat, November 30, 2009
Presley Invited to Payton Ceremony GoASU.com, December 1, 2010
"Old Dominion's Heinicke captures 2012 Walter Payton Award". The Sports Network. December 17, 2012 . http://www.sportsnetwork.com/merge/tsnform.aspx?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/2012payton_Heinicke_xxx.htm . Retrieved December 18, 2012.
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