The St. Louis Rams announced their team awards this week.
Second-year defensive tackle Aaron Donald was voted by the players as the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award winner, which goes to the team’s most valuable player. Donald earned his second Pro Bowl appearance after finishing with a team-high 11 sacks to go along with 85 tackles, 49 quarterback pressures, 29 quarterback hits and 22 tackles for loss.
Running back Todd Gurley was honored with the Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award, which goes to the team’s top rookie. Though he only played 13 games, the Rams’ first-round draft pick surpassed 1,000 yard rushing, scored 10 touchdowns and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
The Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award, which goes to the player who “best exemplifies sportsmanship, ethic, and commitment to his teammates” went to tight end Cory Harkey.
Wide receiver Brian Quick was selected as the Ed Block Courage Award winner, which is given to a player who has overcome adversity, after returning from the shoulder injury that ended his 2014 season prematurely.
The Rams’ recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award was veteran defensive end Chris Long, who was honored for his work within the St. Louis community and with his Waterboys initiative that is working to provide clean water to East Africa.