[QUOTE][B][SIZE="4"]Jets Hand Out Team Awards[/SIZE][/B]
Posted on December 26th, 2009 by Bassett
The team awards were given out this week, and here’s the list.
Ed Block Courage Award — LB David Harris
Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award — LS James Dearth
Marty Lyons Community Service Award — LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson
Dennis Byrd Most Inspiration Player — RB Thomas Jones (two years in a row)
Curtis Martin MVP Award — CB Darrelle Revis
See the full press release with details on each player after the jump:
Dec. 24, 2009 – The New York Jets announced their 2009 Team Awards today. CB Darrelle Revis was voted as the Curtis Martin Team Most Valuable Player by his teammates. RB Thomas Jones received the Dennis Byrd Award for Most Inspirational Player, as selected by his teammates for the second consecutive year. LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson earned the Marty Lyons Award for Community Service, LS James Dearth was honored with the Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award and LB David Harris received the Ed Block Courage Award.
Revis is the first cornerback and third defensive back to win the Curtis Martin MVP Award in Jets history. He has recorded 65 tackles, an NFL-leading 36 passes defensed and a team-leading six interceptions, including one for a touchdown, through 14 games this season. Considered by many a candidate for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the third-year pro has limited some of the NFL’s best receivers this season, including Andre Johnson (4-35), Randy Moss (4-24, 5-34-1), Marques Colston (2-33), Steve Smith (1-5), Terrell Owens (3-13, 3-31) and Roddy White (4-33).
Jones, the Dennis Byrd Award winner, inspires his teammates with his approach, preparation and demeanor both on the field and in the locker room. “He’s a guy that’s not going to be outworked,” Head Coach Rex Ryan said about Jones earlier this season. “He’s a true leader. He brings people with him. He leads by example, but he also encourages and brings guys with him and builds his teammates up.” Jones, in his 10th NFL season, this season has rushed for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns, his fifth consecutive season over 1,000 yards rushing.
Ferguson, a fourth-year pro originally from Freeport, NY, was awarded the Marty Lyons Award for Community Service given to the player who gives from the heart through charity and community involvement. This award is voted on by the Jets Community Relations staff. Ferguson, who has started every game in his NFL career, established the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation to improve the quality of life for students by awarding academic scholarships to those deserving eligible students who reside in the New York area, providing resources that will enhance and contribute to each student’s pursuit of higher education. He is the spokesperson for the Eat Right, Move More program, a joint effort between the Jets, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council, Inc.’s Fuel Up to Play 60 campaign to encourage New Jersey school children to take advantage of healthy foods in their school cafeterias and become more active. Ferguson also received the 2009 United Way of New York City’s Hometown Hero Award. Awarded annually, the award recognizes a Jets player each year for his commitment to community service.
Dearth received the Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award. This award is voted on by the Jets staff. Now in its 13th season, recognizes exceptionally consistent willingness, cooperation and professionalism in every day dealings with the various departments within the organization. Dearth, who originally signed with the Jets in 2001, has been the Jets long-snapper for 142 consecutive games.
Harris was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award. The award is named in honor of Ed Block, the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. The award is given annually to one player from each NFL team. Recipients of this award embody everything that is positive about professional athletes as they serve as inspirations in their locker rooms and as constructive role models in their communities. Harris leads the Jets in tackles this season (132 through 14 games), adding 5.5 sacks and two interceptions, making a full comeback after suffering both a sports hernia and a broken leg during the 2008 season. Harris, along with each team’s award recipient, has the option to travel to Baltimore in March to receive his trophy at a gala and spend time at the local Courage House at St. Vincent’s Center. This visit and the time spent with the hospitalized children will allow each recipient to fully comprehend the true meaning of the award.[/QUOTE]