PFT Heroes 2010: The Darrell Green Award

Darrell Green had uncanny longevity, playing a position premised on speed and quickness well beyond his 40th birthday.

In 2002, he appeared in every game, at the ripe old football age of 42.  (Which still sounds really old, even though I’m starting down the barrel of 46.)

Green was part of two Super Bowl teams.  A punt return for a touchdown in 1987 against the Bears, during which he injured a rib and finished the play holding his side, helping propel the team to an unexpected NFL title.

Also, Green was one of the fastest players in the league for most if not all of his career.  He made it
into the Hall of Fame on the first try.

Green was a once-in-a-century player, and we hope that every guy who receives the award named for Green will do justice to his NFL legacy.

This year, two guys receive the award named for Green.  And both play in Green Bay.

Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams provided the league’s best one-two punch at the position in 2010.  Woodson provided strong leadership while still displaying a high level of ability.  Williams, in his first season as a full-time starter, showed up big in the postseason, with a game-saving pick in the wild-card round and a backbreaking pick six in the divisional playoff.

PFT Planet agrees.  Williams received more than 28 percent of the reader vote and Woodson grabbed 22, giving them half of the 11,672 ballots cast as of this posting for six candidates.

The other finalists were Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty, and Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel.

26 responses to “PFT Heroes 2010: The Darrell Green Award

  1. Congrats to Williams for shutting down Matty Ice and to the old Raider Woodson for winning the Lions game on his pick-six and finally winning the Super Bowl.

  2. please opposing qb’s keep throwing at tramon! this guy wasn’t even drafted, he has definately learned a lot from woodson and harris. congrats to the winners, all the above mentioned were deserving.

  3. What a year! Taking two of the coveted PFT Awards (D. Thomas and D. Green) AND winning the Super Bowl. Also, if there is no football next season, the Packers will have bragging rights for two years. Scratch that last thought, just get it done fellas.

  4. Tramon was crazy-good this year. Woodson near the line of scrimmage at his size, is truly scary. You cannot game plan for Woodson and he is definitely the engine that runs a very good Packer D, especially strong considering his age and the punishment he takes making all those big tackles near the line.

  5. They both played great..but to me this is saying Woodson was ying to William’s yang (huh huh huh..insert Beavis and Butthead laugh here)
    Revis couldn’t win the award because he didn’t have another guy award worthy playing on the opposite side of him?
    Also is this for the entire season or just the playoffs? Williams had an amazing playoffs..but if this is an award for the 2010-11 season Revis is better by far.

  6. Woodson and Williams are class acts just like Green. On the field they gave many opposing QB’s sleepless nights.

    There’s no denying that Revis is so good that he didn’t have many balls even come his way. But with Woodson and Williams on the field (not to mention Shields) you have to pick your poison and throw to at least one of them. And Williams especially stepped up when it counted most, in the playoffs.

  7. I am tired of Revis talk. The guy doesn’t deserve $hit. Where are his ints and pick sixs at. The guy can shut people down but that is it. Where are the impact plays. Besides the Jets are officially in rebuilding mode.

  8. Raider hater here, but, this is rigged. Nnamdi Asomugha is clearly the best corner in football and has been for at least 3 or 4 seasons. He doesn’t have the stats that a player such as Tramon Williams has, but that’s simply because they actually throw the ball in William’s direction. Nnamdi Asomugha literally takes an opponents half of the field away. It’s a damn shame he never gets mentioned for anything simply because he’s a Raider. These awards should go to the best players on the field during the regular season, not to the best first-time starter who had an amazing playoff run. I don’t want to take anything away from Tramon as he had a SOLID season, but not a top 2 corner in the NFL-type of season as this award would signify since it was given to two players.

  9. The beginning of this article read like an obit. I had to check and make sure I didn’t miss news of his death. Thanks Wikipedia!

  10. I don’t want to take anything away from Tramon as he had a SOLID season

    Tramon literally ended two playoff games with his play. When was the last time Nnamdi did that? Better question – when was the last time Nnamdi played in two playoff games?

  11. skins23 says:
    Feb 15, 2011 11:01 PM
    Not to mention Darrell was one of the classiest NFL players of all time and still continues to do charity work, as he always has. Big ups.
    = = = = =

    I always had the impression Green really loved the game and had a great time playing it, and his interviews were always interesting.

    The Hall of Fame, IMHO, is for people like him.

  12. Williams had an excellent year & I know Revis plays for the lame jets but that dude can flat out ball.

  13. dukemarc says: Tramon literally ended two playoff games with his play. When was the last time Nnamdi did that? Better question – when was the last time Nnamdi played in two playoff games?


    tell me the last time a player of the year award was given for a stretch run of 3 games? If thats the case, Mike Vick would be MVP and OPY. Oh wait, it’s not the case. Brady got the award for his REGULAR SEASON work, not his 1 and done post-season run. The Hoodie got the Coach award for his season of work, not his one and done post-season. The Raiders had the #2 ranked pass defense in football and that’s largely due to Nnamdi.

  14. @canjura
    Nnamdi can suck it. – Tramon Williams

    “A measure of a player is not how well they play in a regular season game. Any player can play when there is nothing on the line. A true measure of a player is how he plays when everything is on the line!” – Bart Starr. 5 time NFL Champion.

    When Nnamdi does something in the playoffs let me know.

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