Roddy White wins PFWA’s ‘Good Guy’ Award

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White talks to the media whether if it's about Michael Vick or Victor Cruz he's always helpful.   Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White talks to the media whether if it's about Michael Vick or Victor Cruz he's always helpful. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was voted the team’s Good Guy Award winner by the local chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America for the 2011 season.

 It was a close vote between White and linebacker Curtis Lofton and safety Thomas DeDoud.

One voter pointed out that White is always available during open locker room session. White doesn’t care if the team has won or lost a big game, he makes it a point to be available to assist the media. Another voter noted that White is also open and colorful.

A plaque recognizing White will hang in the media room at Flowery Branch.

Numerous PFWA local chapters hand out Good Guy awards to players who show exceptional respect for fans by going above and beyond in cooperating with the media throughout the year. Here were some of them:

Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears was voted the team’s Good Guy Award winner. It was a close vote between Spears and tight end Jason Witten. As one voter pointed out, Spears was almost always the go-to guy in the locker room on Mondays, whether the team won or lost the previous day. He was there, ready with good quotes, on just about any other day, too.

Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and defensive back Mike Adams each earned awards from the local PFWA chapter. Jackson was named the PFWA Player of the Year and Adams was named the PFWA Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award winner. The pair will be honored at the 32th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet on May 21. Besides his cooperation with the media, Adams is very active in the Cleveland community and has a foundation called “Rising Stars” dedicated to improving living conditions for families in low-income areas.

In New York, receiver Victor Cruz won the 11th annual George Young Good Guy Award, as voted on by the Giants’ chapter of the PFWA. Cruz, in the midst of his sensational breakout season, was a constant presence in the locker room regardless of circumstances. And despite being in constant demand, he never turned down an interview request. Defensive end Dave Tollefson finished a close second in the voting and safety Antrel Rolle was third. In all, 13 players received votes from the members of the Giants’ media.

The Miami Dolphins’ press corps gave safety Yeremiah Bell a plaque for winning that team’s Good Guy Award. Bell has been great to deal with throughout his nine-year career, said Palm Beach Post Miami writer Ben Volin.

In Carolina, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn won the Tom Berry Good Guy award from the PFWA chapter. Munnerlyn, a third-year cornerback from South Carolina, was a unanimous selection among media members who cover the Panthers on a regular basis. The award is named for Tom Berry, the longtime Panthers beat writer for the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise. Berry passed away at the start of the 2009 season.

In Denver, PFWA members gave veteran cornerback Champ Bailey the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, named for the late Broncos player. “Anything with Darrent’s name on it is special to me, because everybody knows what kind of player he was and what type of guy he was, so thanks a lot,” Bailey said.

In Baltimore, strong safety Bernard Pollard won the Good Guy Award. He said, “I guess it is the way I’ve been raised. I’m always going to be there to talk, to give you want you need. … This is the best team I’ve ever been on, and we’re excited to keep going.”

In Minnesota, Percy Harvin won the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award. Every year since 2001, the Vikings’ media corps has given the award in honor of the late Vikings lineman. “He stepped forward as a leader and he’s been available and accountable,” said Tom Pelissero, of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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45 comments Add your comment

SawThat1nce

January 22nd, 2012
9:17 am

Freddy the Falcon

January 22nd, 2012
9:46 am

blah, blah, blah….nice guys finish last…hold the ball and quit dropping it!

RUDEDAWG

January 22nd, 2012
9:47 am

Who cares! Catch the freaking ball Roddy!

Birdwatcher

January 22nd, 2012
9:52 am

Bad time to talk about the “Good Guy” award when we’re looking for “Marauders”.

just sayin'

January 22nd, 2012
10:03 am

i guess all those dropped passes and those PF penalties didn’t affect the writers’ votes…2 funny…

Sid

January 22nd, 2012
10:13 am

RUDEDAWG ……………… January 22nd, 2012 ……………….9:47 am
Who cares! Catch the freaking ball Roddy!

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…………….and get some damn yards after catch…!!

Sid

January 22nd, 2012
10:23 am

just sayin’ ……………January 22nd, 2012 …………….10:03 am
i guess all those dropped passes and those PF penalties didn’t affect the writers’ votes…2 funny…
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Naw, those personal fouls and dropped passes only count in the voting if Roddy won’t talk after the game.

Sid

January 22nd, 2012
10:27 am

Joe Paterno …………..God speed, RIP. You got a raw deal from the Nittany Lions Board.

mock1

January 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

Can we use the sticky stuff to put in Roddys hands that Lester Hayes once used ???

GA

January 22nd, 2012
11:22 am

Congrats Roddy! Character goes so much further than championships!

Jockich Ahn Smelley, II

January 22nd, 2012
11:50 am

Hey Commings……dude, were you trying to feel what it is like to be like the wide receivers that you cover that always are beating you? Such a tough guy! Hey why don’t you take on that girl’s dad?? Tough guy! IS this not typical of UGA’s football team? How many arrests and thugs are there on this team? Year in and year out…. If I were an opposing team, I’d require each UGA player to go thru the metal detector before each game………

get real

January 22nd, 2012
12:24 pm

I guess nobody voting for him saw his punk ass move against the Giants when he bumped and head butted a defender from behind and then took a swing at him when he turned to confront Roddy.
Good guy award, yeah right.

trailboss

January 22nd, 2012
2:27 pm

I am not concern about this pass season my question to Roddy is this what we have to look for this coming season ? Hey Roddy you’re from the South and you know you have something to prove and that is you can play this game and you can catch the ball under pressure. Roddy selling ticket in game you have to be careful some one bound to buy one.You have your replacement beside you.You have a Pro OC but Roddy he’s not going to able to stop you from listening to foot step’s.Congat’s on your award.

Tell it like it is

January 22nd, 2012
3:32 pm

Pats vs ravens—– hope falcons are paying attention,this is how you play fisical football!

ijonathan

January 22nd, 2012
3:44 pm

I also hope CHOKE, JSS and the other Flacco lovers are watching this game. First few series, I see a scared guy in the pocket, feeling the pressure and not pulling the trigger on open receivers. Then when he does get a wide open Smith running free down field, he noodle-arms it and costs himself an easy touchdown, underthrowing it by at least 10 yards.

Ed Reed was 100% correct.

Jockich Ahn Smelley, II

January 22nd, 2012
4:30 pm

Hey that Baltimore QB is launching them downfield………I definitely know I’m not watching Matty Ice and the Falcons!!!!!!!! I wonder if Awtie Blank is watching the game or if he’s soaking his 70+ yr old leathery wrinkled skin in a hot tub with his 21 yr old girlfriend???

tyger

January 22nd, 2012
4:38 pm

Is there a Bad Guy with Good Hands Award?

I want that guy!

ijonathan

January 22nd, 2012
5:47 pm

Hey JSS, is that the type of throw the Ravens count on Flacco making? Into quintuple coverage? LOL. Against the, what, 31st ranked defense in yards and 14th or 15th in scoring, and with Tom Brady having a highly mediocre day, Flacco being Flacco.

ijonathan

January 22nd, 2012
5:48 pm

They are truly the Baltimore Ray-vens. Ray Lewis, Ray Rice.

ijonathan

January 22nd, 2012
6:11 pm

You say Joe Flacco, I say Joey (Missed) FieldGoal

CGD..

January 22nd, 2012
10:05 pm

Flacco> Ryan @ less than half the price!…

Had that touchdown pass not been stripped, Flacco and his teammates were on their way to the SB!!! So close.. Yet Ryan so far………

Michael M.

January 22nd, 2012
10:36 pm

Giants got a lucky break to win the ballgame what a heartbreaker for the Niners at the end….indeed !

J-Man

January 22nd, 2012
11:37 pm

Bad Guy with good hands= Dez Bryant

AfterTheFall

January 22nd, 2012
11:59 pm

I know this article is supposed to be praising Roddy, but I’m going to deflect and talk about Matt Ryan. After watching the various quarterbacks, including Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Brees, Flaco, Rogers, etc. I really was duped into thinking that Matt Ryan was “all that”. Hah. Who was I fooling. I know that a lot of Matt’s apprehensive play was probably caused by his lame O-Line and O-Line coach, and his quarterback coach, but just as a comparison in big game situations, there is no competition, period. Matt never won a playoff game, and until he does-he doesn’t need to be mentioned (Mike Smith) in the same conversation with these “elite” quarterbacks. Matt Ryan will always be looked at as “good”, but that’s it. Although I’m a Falcon fan, I’m kind of glad that they lost to the Giants like they did, because it exposed the heck out of their weaknesses on both sides of the ball, as well as management. Now exposed for all the world to see, we’ll see if the rebuilding process will include free agency, trades, and any other processes to get hard nose players into this facility. To summarize, Matt Ryan is not an “elite” quarterback and has a lot to be desired compared to Eli and the rest of the gang. Quite humbling, indeed.

vietnamvet

January 23rd, 2012
12:04 am

Met Roddy n tne mens room @ a local eatery. He was friendly, professional, and expressed concern for the fans. He said we always try to do our bes, t win and please the fans. Excellent choice.

vietnamvet

January 23rd, 2012
12:05 am

Met Roddy n tne mens room @ a local eatery. He was friendly, professional, and expressed concern for the fans. He said we always try to do our best win and please the fans. Excellent choice.

I'm with ATL teams (Always)

January 23rd, 2012
4:37 am

Since 2004 season whichever team beat Falcons in playoffs went on to win Conference championship. It seems beating ATL seems good omen.

D Orlando Bedwetter

January 23rd, 2012
6:06 am

Really? You remove ALL the posts about your continued spelling mistakes?

You’re a jagg off.

Roddy White's "Plague"

January 23rd, 2012
7:21 am

Yeah…..Apparently that is fat on him and not thick skin.

Tell it like it is

January 23rd, 2012
8:00 am

Harvey Diahl headed for superbowl

ijonathan

January 23rd, 2012
8:06 am

@tell it like it is…
I think you are confusing David Diehl of the New York Giants with ex-Falcons guard Harvey Dahl, who is now with San Francisco, and definitely NOT headed for the superbowl.

Bob Who?

January 23rd, 2012
9:42 am

Every team the Falcons lose to in the playoffs go on to the Super Bowl.
Cardinals, Packers, and Giants. So if we lose a playoff game next year that team will go to the Super Bowl.

PMC

January 23rd, 2012
10:25 am

Hey man, I wish Matt Ryan would come up with performance in a playoff game like Flacco did yesterday.

This next year is put up or shut up and move on for 2. They should be drafting a QB late in this draft or next year anyway. 3 trips with total regression is not a good sign, though Matt did have the worst game plan in the history of football put together by this coaching staff for that Giants game anyway.

Congrats Roddy. Good on you.

mountain_jim

January 23rd, 2012
10:38 am

Congrats Roddy. We fans appreciate your availability to the media and your colorfull personality.
Now: less drops next year!

Trade 4 Tim Teabow

January 23rd, 2012
10:58 am

Roddy need a QB that can throw teh ball 2 him. Roddy need Tim Teabow

shesoleo

January 23rd, 2012
11:08 am

No what Roddy need is a qb to get him the ball, and stop throwing it too high or low.

The Big Fat Blogger

January 23rd, 2012
11:38 am

Bob Who?

January 23rd, 2012
9:42 am
Every team the Falcons lose to in the playoffs go on to the Super Bowl.
Cardinals, Packers, and Giants. So if we lose a playoff game next year that team will go to the Super Bowl.

Not to mention some of the other local sports teams as well.. The Cardinals making it into the playoffs because the Braves bummed a huge lead at the end of the season, with the outcome of the Cards winning the World Series. The Hawks losing to the Celtics in 7 games in 2007 and the Celtics going on to win the NBA Finals…. The Dream (even though it was the obvious it was in the Finals), The Bulldogs??? The list (unfortunately) continues here, this State (in terms of Sports) is cursed, but we seem to be a great omen (as you have already mentioned) to teams we play….

Oily Rags

January 23rd, 2012
11:53 am

All this and a Baby Daddy, too! He must be very proud!

Mediocrity continues...

January 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm

ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

Sterling

January 23rd, 2012
12:18 pm

You guys read Rob Parkers article on ATL?? You guys really are the worst fans in the world. There’s something called constructive criticism then there’s something called bashing. I think you guys know where u land.

Nauti-dawg

January 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

Really? no really!
White needs to be Mr. Good Guy on the field instead of getting those stupid Personal Fouls for being a big baby.

Gamer

January 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

CONGRATULATIONS RODDY…

JUST TRY TO KEEP YOUR DROPS IN SINGLE DIGIT NEXT YEAR….OVERALL RODDY REACHED 1000 PLUS RECEIVING YARDS AND MADE SOME TOUGH CATCHES JUST MISSED TOO MANY EASY ONES..

OF COURSE, SOME OF THOSE MISS CATCHES WERE THROWN TOO WEAK BY RYAN..OH WELL NEXT YEAR HEH?

HOPEFULLY, RYAN IS LOOKING AT WAYS TO STRENGHEN HIS ARM SO HIS PASSES CAN TRAVEL WITH HIGH SPEED TO HIT THE RECEIVERS IN STRIDE..

NOTICE FLACCO HEAT ON HIS 15 PLUS YARDS PASSES IN DEFENSE TRAFFIC.

LEE EVANS MUST BE FEELING TERRIBLE DROPPING THAT POTENTIAL WINNING TD. HE RELAXED TOO EARLY.

Gamer

January 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

OH HAS ANYONE NOTICE A TREND WITH TEAMS THAT DEFEAT FALCONS IN POSTSEASON ADVANCES TO THE SUPERBOWL?

ohhhhYEAH

January 23rd, 2012
1:46 pm

ijonathan

fairly certain you, too, are mislead. Harvey Dahl is with the Rams. Has been ever since we didn’t sign him back. But yes, either way, he’s mot in the Super Bowl

ijonathan

January 23rd, 2012
8:37 pm

Yup, I meant to type St. Louis but typed San Francisco, thanks Oh Yeah.