The past several weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been wondering who will win the annual “Joe Greene” award, given to the team’s best rookie. The award is voted on by the Pro Football Writers of America, the Pittsburgh chapter, and there were three viable candidates in 2016.
SS Sean Davis
CB Artie Burns
DT Javon Hagrave
Although each one of these first year players could certainly make a case for being the next recipient of the award, the local press selected Davis, most likely for his position flexibility, playing both slot cornerback and safety this season, as well as his improved and impactful play since being inserted into the starting lineup as the Steelers started their 6-game winning streak they are currently experiencing heading into Week 17.
Sean Davis has been voted the #Steelers rookie of the year by the Pro Football writers of America, Pittsburgh chapter. Good field this year— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) December 29, 2016
This wasn’t the only hardware handed out Thursday. The annual “Chief” award, named after Art Rooney Sr., also known as “The Chief”, for being the best with the media, was given to linebacker Arthur Moats. It shouldn’t come as a surprise since Moats is also the team’s representative for the Walter Payton “Man of the Year” award given out one of the 32 representatives vying for the award. The Walter Payton award will be announced before Super Bowl 51.