Mathias Kiwanuka has been named the 2009 George Young Good Guy Award winner, after a vote by the PFWA members who cover the team. That includes me. I voted for Kiwanuka on my ballot -- one of 5 who chose him for first place among the 11 voters -- because he's coorperative, available, and a good quote.
He also routinely gargles with Listerine before talking to the press. The minty-ness is appreciated.
Here's what the official award release -- yes, there is an official award release -- says:
"The award, named for the late general manager of the Giants, is given annually to honor a Giants player for his consistent and outstanding cooperation with the writers who cover the team on a daily basis. Kiwanuka, in his fourth NFL season, distinguished himself by being constantly available to the media and patiently answering questions, even in a difficult season for the Giants’ defense. Even on days when many of his defensive teammates would be missing in action, Kiwanuka could always be counted on to stand up and talk."
Kiwanuka won but I think had the rules allowed us to vote for a repeat winner, Justin Tuck would have edged him. Tuck won it two years ago. Eli Manning won it last year. They were the only two we were not allowed to vote for.
As for the rest of the "standings," here's how the players finished (we each voted for three names in order; 1st place got 3 points, 2nd place 2, 3rd place 1 and first-place votes are in parenthesis):
1. Mathias Kiwanuka (5) …. 20
2. Terrell Thomas (3) … 18
3. Shaun O’Hara (3) … 13
4. Corey Webster … 6
T5. Steve Smith … 2
T5. Will Beatty … 2
T7. David Carr … 1
T7. Danny Clark … 1
T7. Clint Sintim … 1
T7. Chase Blackburn … 1
(Photo: Howard Schnapp)