Lake Forest, Ill. - Bears safety Ryan Mundy is the 2014 winner of the “Good Guy” award presented by the Chicago chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America.
The six-year veteran was given the award based on his professionalism, courtesy and respect during the 2014 season.
Mundy, who was signed by the Bears as a free agent in the offseason after spending time with the Giants and Steelers, said he is honored to receive the award. “It’s something I’m proud of,” he said. “Being there for the media is particularly important with the season we are having so we can help tell the story. If no one says anything, writers are left to write whatever they think is going on. The message can get distorted. I’ve tried to give perspective on where we are as a team. That was my role, one of my responsibilities I took on this year.”
Mundy said as a young player, he learned about the importance of being professional with the media by watching former Steelers teammates Ryan Clark and Charlie Batch. “I’m one of the older guys now, so I’m trying to set an example for some of the young guys on how to communicate and be respectful and mindful,” he said.
The Bears honor Good Guy winners with a photo gallery in the media room.
The inaugural winner of the award in 2013 was Josh McCown.
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