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Rams hand out 2016 season awards

With the 2016 season reached its conclusion, the Rams gave out their team awards for the year.

A day after wrapping up another disappointing season, the Los Angeles Rams announced their awards for the 2016 campaign. 

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald was for the second consecutive year earned the honor of receiving the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award, which is given to the team's most valuable player. Donald finished the season with 36 tackles, 8.0 sacks, 31 hits on the quarterback, two forced fumbles, and a league-leading 17 tackles-for-loss. 

Although it was a step down in production from the previous two seasons, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of the league's best defensive players. He has earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections in as many years behind leading all defensive tackles in sacks (28.0) and tackles for loss (57) since entering the league. 

Fullback/tight end Cory Harkey earned the Carl Ekeern Spirts of the Game Award that is presented to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, ethic, and commitment to his teammates. This was the third time that he has earned this honor with the Rams. Linebacker Cory Littleton earned the Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial award that is given to the team's top rookie. Littleton had signed as an undrafted free agent playing in every game compiling 20 total tackles 

Linebacker Alec Ogletree was the recipient of the Ed Block Courage award, which is handed out to a player that has overcome some sort of personal adversity. Following a season that was cut short after four games due to injury, Ogletree bounced back in a major way in 2016 in his first campaign as the starting middle linebacker with a career-high 136 tackles along with a forced fumble, two interceptions, and 11 passes defended. 

In his first four seasons in the league, the former first-round selection has topped 100 tackles three times. Ogletree holds three of the top 10 highest single-season tackle totals, which is the most by any player in team history. 

Lastly, punter Johnny Hekker earned the Rams' Walter Payton Man of the Year award in recognition of his commitment to community service. Hekker has worked with individuals dealing with developmental disorders. He has worked through the Team Activities for Special Kids (TASK), which is a St. Louis-based nonprofit that provides year-round instructional sports programs to kids with special needs

Following the Rams move to Los Angeles, he has continued to work with the Rams’ PLAY 60 Field Day, NFL Draft Party, Taste of the NFL, and helped grant wishes for children battling life-threatening illnesses in partnership with Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles. 


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