Former Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, currently of the Bengals, was name the Halas Award winner today by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
The Halas Award goes to the individual in the NFL who overcame the most adversity to succeed last season.
Zimmer’s wife, Vicki, passed away suddenly on Oct. 8 in the family’s home. The couple had been married 27 years.
Three days later, Zimmer was with the team for their game in Baltimore, which they won, 17-14. For the 2009 season, the Bengals ranked fourth in the NFL in total defense, their highest ranking since 1993.
“Anytime your name is mentioned with George Halas, and all the other people who have won this award in the past,