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PFWA names Russell Wilson winner of annual Good Guy Award

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on June 17, 2014 at 10:16 am with 6 Comments »
June 17, 2014 10:16 am

Here’s the team release:


Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who helped lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title, has been selected as the 2013 Good Guy Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Wilson, the tenth Good Guy Award winner, is the first member of the Seahawks to receive the honor from the PFWA and the sixth quarterback to be selected for the award in the last seven years.

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

Wilson became only the fourth second-year quarterback and the third-youngest QB to capture a Super Bowl title when the Seahawks beat Denver 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. During the regular season, he completed 257 of 407 passes (63.1 percent) for 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions as the Seahawks finished 13-3 as the NFC’s No. 1 seed. He also rushed 96 times for 539 yards and one touchdown.

In the playoffs, Wilson completed 43 of 68 passes (63.2 percent) for 524 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he rushed 11 times for 42 yards in Seattle’s three postseason victories. In Super Bowl XLVIII, he completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two TDs in the victory over the Broncos.

Wilson led five fourth-quarter/overtime comebacks in 2013, including an eight-play, 62-yard touchdown drive in the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco. His 35-yard TD pass toJermaine Kearse on a fourth-and-7 play with 13:44 left erased a 17-13 49ers lead on the way to a 23-17 victory that catapulted the Seahawks to their second NFC title.

“Russell’s work with the local children’s hospital, even during the season, is fairly well-known. I think he has a larger impact on the Seattle area, though, with the messages he sends out during every interview,” said Dave Boling, who covers the Seahawks for the Tacoma Times-Tribune. “The classic underdog, Wilson is a walking example of the value of determination and diligence. He often recounts the messages of his father … family, teamwork, sportsmanship. He has played himself into a position as the face of the Seahawks franchise, but he is also the voice and conscience of it, too.”

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. TheAtlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Atlanta Falcons, is the organization’s president for 2013-15, while’s Jeff Legwold, who covers the Denver Broncos, is the PFWA’s first vice-president and long-time national writer Dan Pompei is the organization’s second vice-president. Follow the PFWA at and on Twitter at @PFWAwriters.

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); 2013 – Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons); 2014 – Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks).


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  1. Yank called this one back on Draft Day 2012 when he fell out of his seat after Russell Wilson was drafted. Or after he ate some under cooked burgers – he’s never been too clear about that.

  2. doubledink says:

    Safe to say that Lynch won’t be getting this anytime soon. Not with the PFWA calling for him being fined and all.

    “PFWA is the official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel…” They left out griping, whining and complaining too.

  3. doubledink says:

    and petitioning.

  4. SandpointHawk says:

    The boys are on a roll today. Nice work TNT Bloggers, looks like we are back in training camp also….

  5. sherminator says:

    I find it interesting that the PFWA finds Russell Wilson the guy who makes the jobs the easiest. Russell seems to be a walking cliche in front of the camera – I would think most writers could quote his answers accurately without even listening. Maybe that is what they were thinking.

    My guess would be that Richard Sherman makes for the easiest stories to write – he pretty much provides complete stories every time he opens (and doesn’t stop) his mouth. I love Richard…

  6. UltimateHawk says:

    Isn’t the PFWA still trying to figure out who the Super Bowl MVP is?

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