The Eddies: Season Awards
The season is done and it’s that time to hand out the Eddies for the end of the year awards. Here are the season winners.
MVP – The Eddie goes to Frank Gore. Gore set franchise records for yards in a season and yards from scrimmage in a season. Oh yeah and he won the NFC rushing crown as well.
Defensive Player of the Year – The Eddie goes to both Walt Harris and Brandon Moore. Harris had one of the best seasons for a corner in a long time and Brandon Moore turned the defense around once he got the start. Forced fumbles, sacks and more.
Offensive Lineman of the Year – The Eddie goes to Eric Heitmann. He solidified the line after Newberry was shelved and despite missing the final two games with an injury he was the one consistent throughout the year.
Pussy of the Year – The Eddie goes to Jonas Jennings who spent more time lying on the ground due to injury than he did standing up.
Hit of the Year – This was a tough choice, there was the Spencer hit on Kitna, the Lewis hit on Branch and the Robinson hit on Dawkins. In the end the Eddie goes to Michael Robinson for knocking Brian Dawkins out of the game and Shawntae Spencer’s hit on Kitna.
Play of the Year – The Eddie goes to Alex Smith for escaping a sack from Seahawks Kelly Herndon and then scrambling and hitting a wide open Frank Gore for the touchdown.
Clutch Player of the Year – The Eddie goes to Arnaz Battle. It seemed anytime the 49ers needed a big catch in a key situation Battle was on the receiving end.
Biggest Letdown of the Year – The Eddie goes to Tony Parrish. Parrish was half the player he was before his injury. Parrish was so bad that he was released to make room for a journey linebacker who was on the IR two weeks later.
<> Rookie of the Year – The Eddie goes to Manny Lawson. Vernon Davis was close but due to his injury Lawson wins by default.
Underrated Player of the Year – The Eddie goes to Andy Lee. Lee punted his ass off and quietly had one of the best seasons from a 49ers punter in a long time.
Most Improved Player of the Year – The Eddie goes to Alex Smith for putting his rookie season behind him and having a solid year.
Biggest Surprise of the Year – The Eddie goes to Keith Lewis. Walt Harris trailed Lewis, but in the end Lewis proved he could handle the safety spot and also brought a spark to the defense with his hits.
Best Offseason Acquisition – The Eddie goes to Walt Harris. No one could have predicted the season Harris had after signing in the offseason.
Best Trade of the Year – This was another close race. It came down to Kevan Barlow to the Jets or Brandon Lloyd to the Redskins. In the end the Eddie went to trading away Brandon Lloyd for two draft picks. Yeah Nolan raped the Redskins on this one.
Vaseline Play of the Year – Again another tough choice. It was between the Neil Rackers phantom field goal and the fumble recovery touchdown by Mike Patterson of the Eagles. The Eddie goes to the Patterson touchdown mainly because replays show he was touched and the refs admitted so after the fact.
The En Fuego Player of the Year – The Eddie goes to Sammy Davis for getting burned so often when he came into the game.