Atlanta Falcons: Thomas DeCoud wins Good Guy Award

Fresh and fun. (Photo: Michael Cunningham)

Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud here having some fun with the media. (Photo: Michael Cunningham)

Safety Thomas DeCoud, who appears in all of the open locker room sessions and is more than generous with his time, has been selected as the Falcons’ 2012 Good Guy Award winner by the local chapter of Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

The articulate and affable DeCoud always takes his time to give thoughtful and helpful responses. Wide receiver Roddy White won the local award last season.

The Good Guy Award is given to a player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. Decoud will be eligible for the national award which was first given by the PFWA in 2005.

ABOUT THE PFWA: The Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) is the official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public. The PFWA is made up of accredited writers who cover the NFL and the 32 teams on a daily basis. The Buffalo News’ Mark Gaughan, who covers the Buffalo Bills, is the organization’s president for 2011-13. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Atlanta Falcons, is the first vice president for 2011-13. The Denver Post’s Jeff Legwold, who covers the Denver Broncos, is the second vice president for 2011-13.

NATIONAL GOOD GUY AWARD WINNERS (To a NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job): 2005 – Jerome Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers); 2006 – Tiki Barber (New York Giants); 2007 – LaDainian Tomlinson (San Diego Chargers); 2008 – Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers); 2009 – Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals); 2010 – Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints); 2011 – Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers); 2012 – Tim Tebow (Denver Broncos).

FALCONS GOOD GUY AWARD WINNERS: 2011 – Roddy White; 2012 – Thomas DeCoud.


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24 comments Add your comment

Whadda Ya Know?

December 28th, 2012
3:24 pm

Whoop Di Doo! Way to go Decoud.

Falcon James

December 28th, 2012
3:41 pm

I am sure Roddy won it by flapping his gum all year. Nice to see that he has been muzzled this year. He is actually playing much better and not leading the NFL in drops since he is not preoccupied making comments on his twitter account. Somebody needs to tell DeCoud that those boom boxes went out in the 80’s. They make them much smaller and you can actually wear headphones so that people within a 9 block radius don’t have to listen to your favorite rapper.


December 28th, 2012
3:59 pm

Falcon James it’s hard to tell if you’re a fan of the Falcons or just a troll sent from a rival team’s website. Thank you for the large amount of negativity and annoying sentiments within your post, such as announcing that boom boxes went out in the 80s – no one else knew that before you told us in your great wisdom-keep the tidbits of knowledge coming. Please try and enjoy the article, the fact that we have a great player and media personality on our team in Thomas DeCoud, and celebrate our receiver group that includes Roddy White, who is arguably the best Falcons receiver of all time.


December 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

lmao that was his Halloween costume..


December 28th, 2012
5:28 pm

I’m a reporter, and I know why awards like these are given out. Sometimes it is hard to get more than “We gave 110 percent out there,” or less than the “Top 1,000 Reasons Why I’m Great” from most people.

Just like anything else, there are right a wrong ways to deal with the media. If you get an award from the guys on the beat, you must be doing it right.

Congrats DeCoud!

Falcon James

December 28th, 2012
6:19 pm

@JTL ATL= Not a troll.

Thank you, always like to help out. I will let you know if I have any more interesting tidbits to share.


December 28th, 2012
6:32 pm

“The Good Guy Award is given to a player for his qualities and professional style”

…..if that, in fact, is the case….then how in the world did ANY of these clowns win the award? I see nothing but a lack of good “qualities and professional style” especially on the NFL football field! When these clowns celebrate EVERY tackle, EVERY catch, EVERY yard gained, etc. etc. etc. I consider that a lack of professionalism and a pathetic display of any good qualities….unless you consider being an egomaniac, puffed up with pride, haughty, and “me first” a good quality! When they draw a penalty for “excessive” celebrating and hurt there team and teammates, I don’t consider that “professionalism” I consider it buffoonery! And if Decloud was guilty of blasting his boom box in the locker room while sports writers were trying to get interviews… in the world did he win this award??? That being said…..he’s been a very good player in our secondary….and I hope he continues to play at that high level in the playoffs!


December 28th, 2012
7:09 pm

@okeetee; you sound stupid, atlanta is the least penalized team in the league. And i think you may be thinking of the panthers when you say they celebrate every play and first down. Theres nothing wrong with celebrating stops, id rather have players that can stay pumped up during the game because it only makes them continue to play at a high level, its called keeping the momentum on their side and making the opponent feel less than you. The award isnt about what they do on the field its about how they are off the field, and who cares about the damn boom box, if the guy likes a boom box its his business, get of his case.


December 28th, 2012
9:12 pm

Way to go Superhops!


December 28th, 2012
10:08 pm

…with all the bad boys getting the pub, it is good to see a regular guy getting some press for being normal! Thomas DeCoud is a great Falcon! Hope to see his Jersey in up in the Dome one Day. Roddy is the greatest receiver in Falcon history! His number show it and when his Jersey is put up in the Dome he will be the first Falcon drafted by this franchise, stayed with this franchise and won a championship with this franchise! This is our year!


December 28th, 2012
10:53 pm

Um. Everyone…the picture is from Halloween week. DeCoud came to media Wednesday dressed as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Also, check out the interview he did with ESPN where he played the Super Troopers “Cat Game”. Great great stuff. Sheesh…don’t take everything so seriously.
Oh yeah….Go Falcons!

eddie willers

December 28th, 2012
11:57 pm

I grinned from ear to ear when I saw that Boom Box. Jeeze…some people can’t take a joke.

Congrats and best of luck, Mr. DeCoud. Your improved play this year has been a big part in the success of the team.


December 29th, 2012
12:04 am

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December 29th, 2012
1:29 am

Heck of a player, too. I’ve never seen the Falcon’s secondary perform so well and I’ve been tuned to their games from inception.

NFC South Champs

December 29th, 2012
2:11 am

Thanks DeCoud,
those interceptions makes a good guy during a rise up.


December 29th, 2012
8:07 am

“you sound stupid, atlanta is the least penalized team in the league. And i think you may be thinking of the panthers when you say they celebrate every play and first down.”

….just pointing out what is “true” professionalism, something sorely lacking in profession sports these days! While the Falcons seem to do less “celebrating” after every play they make, they are still guilty of it and have even been penalize for excessive celebrating at crucial times. Why not save all that energy wasted celebrating a play that your getting paid millions a year to make……and make ANOTHER good play on the next snap? I’m old school…..act like you plan on making that same play again, not like you’ve just conquered the entire middle east or have won the Super Bowl? What’s really pathetic is when a player or players are celebrating a play…..that has just been flagged for a penalty! I think they should add another 10 yards on the play: “10 yard penalty for holding…and another 10 yards for celebrating a play that doesn’t count!” Call it the “dumb a$$” penalty play! You’ll probably see at least a half dozen of them this week again! Players celebrating plays…..that will get called back for a penalty!!! Real “professional” don’t ya think???


December 29th, 2012
8:12 am

Some folks on here must not have received any Christmas presents…and they wonder why?


December 29th, 2012
9:54 am

Congratulations Thomas and good luck in the playoffs.

As for the celebration thing, Okeetee, you are undoubtably old school which is admirable and such actions now wouldn’t sit well with the 60’s era players such as Butkus, Nitchke, and Deacon Jones. But times change as does style of play and celebration also. Surely you remember White Shoes and that touchdown catch against the 49ers lying on his back? Bet you cheered when he danced in the endzone after. I say let ‘em celebrate when they will. The players will police themselves.


December 29th, 2012
10:08 am

I hate falcons james!!!!!!!!!!


December 29th, 2012
1:56 pm

he should have went to the PRO BOWL as well !!!!!!


December 29th, 2012
6:14 pm

“As for the celebration thing, Okeetee…….times change as does style of play and celebration also. Surely you remember Billy “White Shoes” Johnson? I say let ‘em celebrate….the players will police themselves.”

…yeah, left up to the players, they’d choreograph more elaborate productions than “Cecil B. Demills!” I think half the players in the league spend more time on what they are going to do for a “celebration” than they do remembering the plays or where they are suppose to be on defense! No one can possibly question that football players are the stupidest, dumbest, lamebrain imbeciles in professional sports. Of course, they get it honestly by all the head tackles and hits they’ve made and taken over the years! They have the right to express themselves anyway they wish….as long as it doesn’t penalize there team! That being said, I also have the right to express my disdain for the pathetic “every play” celebrations on both offense and defense that are part and parcel of today’s NFL! I think its buffoonery at it’s highest level….a waste of energy that could have been used to make the next play, and unprofessional! Remember Barry Sanders? He never celebrated a single touchdown or a yard gained! Just turned to the ref and handed him the ball! A class act and consummate professional if there ever was one!


December 30th, 2012
12:22 am

@okeetee; dude whatever helps you sleep at night. I dont think this team over celebrates and i havent seen hardly if any penalties on this team for excessive celebration or unsportsman like conduct.


December 30th, 2012
7:54 am

…well, let’s keep it that way! It would a crying shame to lose a game in the playoffs because one of our knuckleheads draws a 15 yard penalty for excessive celebrating! Certainly not out of the realm of possibility….knowing the history of the Falcons! But Smith has seem to reach these guys about the need to stay professional until the end of the game! THAT’S when you can truly celebrate….AFTER you’ve won the game! Not before, not during, but AFTER you’ve won the game, kapesh?