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Hoping Philip Rivers wins NFL Man of the Year Award

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Chargers aren't playing in the Super Bowl, but quarterback Philip Rivers will be a part of the festivities in Indianapolis. He's been named a finalist for the NFL's annual Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

While Rivers is trying to win games on the field, he is trying to win families for kids off of it.

"To think these kids don't have, they don't get tucked in at night, they don't know where they'll go to school tomorrow, they don' know when their birthday is… it's unbelievable some of these stories," he said.

In partnership with CBS 8, Philip and the Rivers of Hope Foundation have brought great awareness to Adopt 8, a program to find forever families for children in foster care.

"I think, man I can use the platform I have in the county to raise money. More than that, it's awareness. It's an awareness deal. You can be having a conversation in a grocery store and before you know it, that may have a kid in a forever home," Rivers said.

His work with Adopt 8 was seven years in the waiting. He and his wife were patient to start a foundation, wanting to be sure they put their help where their heart is.

"By waiting until the seventh year of my career we knew we had the heart and passion for it. It wasn't dabble around, we wanted to find one we liked and we knew we had a heart for," he said.

Rivers also hosts a 5K run to benefit the foundation. He says his nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is something he credits the community with.

"It's humbling too. I think it's something the county can be proud of. It's a community effort. Any foundation that works or thrives, it means the community has rallied behind it," he said.

The award will be presented February 4. The Walter Payton winner will have a $20,000 donation made in his name to his favorite charity. Just for being a finalist, Rivers earned a $5,000 donation to his favorite charity.

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