Every NFL team at the conclusion of their season hands out team awards which are voted on by the players. These awards are considered an honor. In many cases, they mean more than a Pro Bowl, which is voted by the fans and has turned into quite a political event.
The Rams have created four awards that are handed out yearly. The Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award was formed in honor of former owner Dan Reeves. He owned the Cleveland Rams from 1941-1971, winning two World Championships in 1945 and 1951. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. Like Bear Bryant, Reeves integrated Professional football by signing Woody Strode and Kenny Washington, two Afro-Americans, in 1946.
There were two players deserving of this award, the MVP award for the St. Louis Rams, Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson. Both Sam and Steven had record breaking seasons, both on the opposite ends of the spectrum in careers. They fight and compete every day for one common goal, to win the Super Bowl.
The 2010 winner of the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award; Steven Jackson – a three-time Pro Bowler, All Purpose Running Back from the LOS since 2006; All-Time Leader Rusher in Rams History; six straight 1,000 yard seasons which leads the NFL of active players.
The Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award goes to the Rookie of the Year. The award was founded after the sudden death of owner Carroll Rosenbloom in 1979. I felt there were two Rookies that deserved this award. You could split it in half, make two or whatever, but Sam Bradford and Roger Saffold both deserved a piece of this award (Bradford was named the winner). Sam set several rookie records one for completions (354) and passes attempted (590). He threw for 3,512 yards finishing second only to Peyton Manning (3,739) in 1998. The eighteen touchdowns rank fifth among all rookies in NFL history. While Sam is deserving of this award, the man that protected his backside was rookie left tackle Roger Saffold, and he kept Sam clean while battling some of the top pass rushers in the NFL.
One of the best names in the NFL, not to mention an outstanding person to go along with top football skills and ability, Oshiomogho Atogwe, is this year’s winner of the Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award. This award of leadership was founded in 1990 and is given to the player who exemplifies work ethic, leadership, sportsmanship and commitment to team first. Carl Ekern was a Pro Bowl and outstanding linebacker; he was killed in 1990 in a car accident.
The last award handed out by the Rams went to DC Bradley Fletcher. He received the Ed Block Courage Award. An award named after head trainer for the Baltimore Colts. It was founded in 1978 after twenty-three years as a trainer in the NFL. This is given to the player that has fought back from major injury to compete at a high level.
The knee injury that Bradley suffered ended his rookie season in 2009 and required reconstructive surgery. He recovered, rehabbed and made it back for the start of the 2010 training camp. The Ed Block Courage Award is a league-wide award honoring one member from each NFL team; all proceeds from this award and the Ed Block Foundation go to support and provide housing for abused children.
It was an awesome season for the St. Louis Rams and each of these recipients are well deserving of the awards.