Clark and Bailey Earn Honors


Clark and Bailey Earn Steelers' 2008 Pro Football Writers Awards

PITTSBURGH — *Steelers safety
Ryan Clarkand linebackerPatrick Baileywere named the 2008 recipients of the Pittsburgh chapter of Pro Football Writers of America's annual awards.

Clark was the recipient of the Pro Football Writers' "
TheChief Award, presented annually to the member of the Steelers' organization who best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media, which was established in honor of Steelers founder, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr.

Clark, a seven-year veteran, has a career-high 101 tackles on the season, which ranks second on the team. He is in his third season with the Steelers and has played and started in 13 games this year after missing the entire second half of 2007 with season-ending surgery. Clark's return has helped the Steelers rank first in the NFL in total defense, pass defense and scoring defense, while ranking second in rush defense. Clark has one interception on the year and seven pass defenses.

Bailey, who was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Duke, was the winner of the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award", given to the outstanding Steelers' rookie. He ranks third (tied) on the team with 12 special teams tackles after starting the year on the team's practice squad. Bailey was promoted to the active roster on Sept. 20 and has played the past eight games on special teams.

A listing of the award winners include:

"The Chief Award" Winners:

1988 Dan Rooney 1999 Lee Flowers
1989 Dwayne Woodruff 2000 Jerome Bettis
1990 Merril Hoge 2001 Lee Flowers
1991 Gerald Williams 2002 Hines Ward
1992 Tunch Ilkin 2003 Mike Logan
1993 D.J. Johnson 2004 Jerome Bettis
1994 Rod Woodson 2005 Alan Faneca
1995 Levon Kirkland 2006 Brett Keisel
1996 Chad Brown Deshea Townsend
1997 Darren Perry 2007 Alan Faneca
1998 Jerome Bettis 2008     Ryan Clark      

 "Joe Greene Great Performance Award" Winners:

1984 WR Louis Lipps 1997 CB Chad Scott
1985 P Harry Newsome 1998 OG Alan Faneca
1986 LB Anthony Henton 1999 WR Troy Edwards
1987 CB Delton Hall 2000 FB Dan Kreider
1988 RB Warren Williams 2001 LB Kendrell Bell
1989 SS Carnell Lake 2002 OG Kendall Simmons
1990 TE Eric Green 2003 S Troy Polamalu
1991 TE Adrian Cooper 2004 QB Ben Roethlisberger
1992 FS Darren Perry 2005 TE Heath Miller
1993 LB Chad Brown 2006 WR Santonio Holmes
1994 RB Bam Morris 2007 P Daniel Sepulveda
1995 QB Kordell Stewart 2008     LB Patrick Bailey
1996 FB Jon Witman

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