Why J.J. Watt has been named the Walter Payton Man of the Year

The recipient for this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award was pretty much decided before the 2017 NFL season even began. On Saturday night, the NFL announced that Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had been given the award, much thanks to his incredible millions in donations he garnered for Hurricane Harvey relief late last summer.

First established in 1970, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. It was renamed after Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton in 1999. NFL teams nominate a player who has positively impacted his community. Watt’s on-field season for 2017 was cut short, as he suffered a tibial plateau fracture against the Kansas City Chiefs in early October.

Watt’s fundraiser kept reaching goals of $500,000, $1 million, $2 million, and more, it getting to a point where Watt eventually closed it down. Congrats to the Houston Texan, who is quite deserving of the award.

All of that would be understandable if Animal Planet didn’t whitewash the puppies’ ages. Here, for example, is a Corgi puppy named Clyde who will be in Puppy Bowl XIV this Sunday:

Animal Planet’s website claims that Clyde is 17 weeks old. FALSE! Clyde was 17 weeks in October. He’s approximately twice that age now. That adorable floppy ear? It almost certainly sticks up straight now. Clyde has since been adopted and (most likely) housebroken. Clyde might not even be Clyde anymore; whoever adopted him may well have renamed him. We don’t know, because Animal Planet has no good reason to be transparent. The Puppy Bowl brand benefits from you yearning to adopt these puppies that have already been adopted and are already distinctly less puppy-ish.bears_084-223x223