Posted: 8:29 am Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Atlanta Falcons: William Moore wins Good Guy Award 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons safety William Moore with the Good Guy Award plaque.

Falcons safety William Moore with the Good Guy Award plaque.

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.

8 comments
Muddy_23
Muddy_23

I'm a big Falcons fan as many of you are too. I think William Moore is a top 3 safety in this league. He brings attitude, toughness, aggression to our Falcon def that everyone knows is soft as jello. I wish that what WM brings day in and day out, would rub off on our def or at least some of our players on D. The only one's that really kinda brings what W Moore brings is our young (Surprising LB in Worrilow, CB Alford, and J Bartu.) The coaching staff can coach players how to play, but in my opinion, having attitude, toughness, and aggression can't be coached. To me scouting (especially) If I were scouting players for the def side of the ball(Offensive line too, but that's another story lol) I would scout players that had that intensity (The Attitude, Toughness, and aggression) even if there are players that were a little better than those with that mentality. Yes, scouting players that are just dynamic defensively (To me) and if they don't have that Attitude, toughness, and aggression, it leaves the defense in sort of a missing vital part. Yes, I get it that awesome brand name players that come out of college get (most of the time the upside in the draft),  For example, the Falcons drafted one of those dynamic name branded players in the NFL Draft. Great everyone's very happy that we drafted a well known really good defensive player out of college. Now they have a name brand, "Dynamic Player" . He's a rookie right, so now days in the NFL teams more times than not. Will at least start one or two of the Dynamic name brand players, because they were awesome in college. So when the regular season starts you have (most of the time think you have) the very best  starting defensive unit as a whole. That will play the first game as a  till  the last. Now lets see, so we have one maybe two Dynamic rookies starting on defense that everyone can't wait to see play. But, what about the rest of the unit? Does the one or two draft picks have the passion, the aggression, and toughness to go with their name branded name(as An Awesome player that is going to help your team, your defensive unit? If they don't have that mentality to go with their awesome skill set. (Yes, maybe they put up incredible numbers for the season) That is all good and all for themselves ONLY!  That sometimes (very little though) is good enough for some teams to luckily get by. But if the Falcons drafted a player with the skill set, maybe not dynamic, but good enough to play in the NFL and also the player good enough to play in the NFL also has the mentality I've mentioned to go with that. Then having one or two of these kind of players in the defensive unit with (hopefully 90%) o f the unit has the same mentality as they do (But yes, on our time its like maybe 40%, but still). And like I said the rest of the unit might not be Big Time named players coming out of college, but now with bringing players like that into the defense with a few more like them. I believe the other players that see their passion, aggression, and toughness will (as a unit start to gel as ONE whole passionate, fierce, aggressive defense that offense's will be a little more timid to face week in and week out. I'd rather have this defense than one with one or two Dynamic players with great stats and in the top news as players. Instead , I would like to see the WHOLE Defense in the Top news that says "Falcons Defensive Unit is Scary, Fierce, and Stingy as heck to let opposing offenses score on them"


Sorry for long post, but just had the feeling to talk about it.

Thx, for reading :) "Go Falcons in 2014!"

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Leviathan
Leviathan

Team full of good guys. That might be part of the problem...no goons. Football is a gladiator sport. You gotta have a few players that people fear in order to play the brand of football Mike Smith NOW thinks he wants to play. I just don't see anything but good Samaritans. That's great don't get me wrong but there is no edge to this team. Abe was the only guy like that left and he's gone on to make Pro Bowls in Arizona. Dahl was that type but he wasted his career in St. Louis. Turner had an edge before they ran the dog ish out of him and threw him out with the garbage only to sign a RB that was only slightly less washed up. Who will be the next choirboy drafted by Dimitroff? Clowney got a speeding ticket so that probably puts a black dot by his name on the draft board. Lets hope Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews didn't jay walk as teens or they will probably be passed up too.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

And how come we heard nothing about Tony G being the National Good Guy in the NFL this year? (or, maybe I just missed it)...

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

It's a good thing he's a good guy, cause he is a bad safety...

Dman
Dman

Good for the guy... ;)

JSSN
JSSN

@Leviathan 

William Moore got the contract signed before he want on the wild!