Posted: 8:29 am Saturday, January 11th, 2014
By D. Orlando Ledbetter
Strong Safety William Moore, who was available in nearly all of the open locker room sessions and was more than generous with his time, was selected as the Falcons’ 2013 Good Guy Award winner by the local chapter of Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
The affable Moore, the hard-hitting leader of the defense was the defacto leader of the team’s youth movement. He always took time to give thoughtful and helpful responses. Free Safety Thomas DeCoud won the local award the previous season, while tight end Tony Gonzalez was the national award winner of the Good Guy Award.
The Good Guy Award is given to a player for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs. 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 Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Atlanta Falcons, is the organization’s president for 2014-15. ESPN.Com Jeff Legwold, who covers the Denver Broncos, is the first vice president for 2014-15. Dan Pompei, long-time national writer based in Chicago, is the second vice president for 2014-15.
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); 2013 – Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons).
FALCONS GOOD GUY AWARD WINNERS: 2011 – Roddy White; 2012 – Thomas DeCoud; 2013 – William Moore.