Greg Olsen winning #WPMOY Challenge thanks in part to William Shatner, The Rock

Greg Olsen may or may not be named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award before next month’s Super Bowl.

But he’s got a huge lead in the award’s #WPMOYChallenge social media charity competition, thanks to an act that went viral and Cheap Hockey Jerseys captured the attention of popular actors Dwayne Johnson and William Shatner, among others.

Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the 1960s Star Trek: The Original Series that launched the popular franchise, regularly retweeted Olsen’s social media effort in the past day or so.

The contest ends at midnight Sunday, but with this kind of lead and with celebrities like Shatner and Johnson aboard Olsen’s lead seems safe.

During a Tuesday night interview with co-host Bill Polian and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Tagliabue shared his memories on the rule’s origins and its subsequent impact on the NFL and beyond.

It was a culmination of a lot of work by many people, including Dennis Green, Tony Dungy and Romeo Crennel. These coaches were really forces for equality of opportunity.

It was not about affirmative action. It was about merit being recognized. Aaron Rodgers’ first interception of the game wasn’t a bad interception, as it might as well have been a punt on third-and-long since Ricardo Allen picked it off at the Atlanta 32-yard line. The timing, though, wasn’t ideal for Green Bay, which had to Cheap Hockey Team Jerseys give the Falcons the ball back with less than two minutes to play before halftime.

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