Steelers' Farrior, Gilbert Pick Up Pro Football Writers Awards
Linebacker, Offensive Tackle Honored By Pittsburgh Chapter Of Pro Football Writers Of America
POSTED: 3:53 pm EST December 29, 2011
UPDATED: 4:36 pm EST December 29, 2011
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers linebacker James Farrior and offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert picked up honors from the Pittsburgh Chapter of Pro Football Writers of America on Thursday.
Farrior was awarded “The Chief Award,” presented to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media.
“I think it’s a respect factor that we have for you guys,” Farrior told media members. “We know that you guys have to do a story. We know that you guys have to be in the locker room. It’s something you can’t really avoid. Being discouraging and not being available is something we don’t do. We try to be available to everybody.”
Farrior said it’s not always easy to accommodate the media, especially after a loss.
“That’s when it’s most difficult when you lose a game and your emotions are running high and you don’t really know what to say to the media and everybody’s in your face asking question, but it’s part of being a professional, part of being a Steeler, and that’s something we have to deal with on occasion,” said Farrior.
Farrior is a two-time recipient of the award, having also been honored in 2009.
The honor was named after Steelers founder Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.
Gilbert was honored with the “Joe Greene Great Performance Award,” given to the team’s top rookie.
“It’s just an honor to be a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers, truly. Just an honor to be given an opportunity to go out there and perform for the best organization in the NFL,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert’s number was called early in the season when then-starting right tackle Willie Colon was lost for the year with a triceps injury in the season opener.
“Like they said, ‘the standard is the standard.’ I wanted to uphold the standard that was at right tackle for Willie Colon,” Gilbert said. “This is a tremendous honor and it just comes with hard work.”
The rookie has played in 13 games for the Steelers, starting 12 along the way.
It was the first time in team history offensive linemen received the Joe Greene Award, named after the Steelers' legendary Steel Curtain anchor, in consecutive seasons.
Maurkice Pouncey, the team’s starting center, and Gilbert’s teammate as a member of the Florida Gators, was given the award in 2010.
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