The Dolphins' 2009 Team Awards

The Dolphins opened their Kickoff Weekend on Thursday by holding their team awards ceremony, and the winners for the 2009 season were running back Ricky Williams, safety Yeremiah Bell, linebacker Jason Taylor and fullback Lousaka Polite. Williams took home the big prize as he was named the team's MVP. Was it the right choice?

Members of the South Florida media combined with the Dolphins organization to vote on the MVP award, and the logical candidates included Williams, defensive end Randy Starks and offensive tackle Jake Long.

Williams certainly was deserving after rushing for 1,121 yards with a tremendous 4.7 average and 11 touchdowns and keeping the running game going after Ronnie Brown sustained a season-ending Lisfranc injury.

From this end, Williams clearly was the team's best offensive player, ahead of Long even though it was Long who earned a Pro Bowl invitation.

Defensively, Starks easily was the team's best player from the start of the season to the end.

He ended up with seven sacks, a tremendous total for a defensive end in a 3-4 defense.

Like Williams, Starks faded a little bit down the stretch, but overall had a tremendous season.

Because of the positions they play, it obviously was easier for Williams to stand out and you can't argue with the numbers.

The vote here was for Starks, but there's no problem with Williams getting the award.

For the record, Bell and Taylor split the team's Don Shula Leadership Award, while Polite was honored with the Nat Moore Community Service Award.

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