Davis, Moats honored with annual awards


Award season is in full effect at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, and Sean Davis and Arthur Moarts are the last winners, receiving the Pittsburgh Chapter of Pro Football Writers of America's annual awards.

Davis, the Steelers' second-round draft selection in 2016, received the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award," given annually to the Steelers top rookie. Davis has played in all 15 games in 2016, starting eight of them. He became the first Steelers' rookie defensive back to start a season opener since 1997.

Davis said he was honored to win an award named after Greene, especially with the play of fellow rookies Artie Burns and Javon Hargrave, who all push each other to be better.

"I've been in a pretty cool situation," said Davis. "I have gotten to get to know these guys. Hargrave plays on the defensive line, but I've gotten to know him on a personal level because of our rooming situations. I was Artie's roommate throughout OTAs. So I got to know him. We were always talking about, 'Let's take over. Let's make plays. Let's do everything we can to be on the field.' The same thing with Hargrave. Every time we travel, at the hotel we are roommates. We all think alike. We all want to be the best at our position. We all want to dominate. At such a young, not young, but as rookies, to think like that, I feel like that is special. And it makes sense why those three names came up. We are making plays because we think like champions. Just because we are rookies, we don't want to be the slack of the team, stuff like that. I just feel like we all have a similar mindset and same goals."

On the season, Davis has started in seven of the 15 games he has played in and recorded 60 tackles, ranking fourth on the team, and is tied for fifth among all NFL rookie defensive backs. He has also added a half-sack and one interception.

"It wasn't the start that I had envisioned," said Davis. "But I work. And I worked through adversity. I work at problems. I never give up. I know what I am capable of. I am just blessed to be out there to showcase my skillset and put all that hard work out on the field. I am an optimistic guy. I never worry. I never freak out. And this is just how things all worked out."

Moats was named the recipient of the "The Chief Award," which was established in honor of Steelers' founder, Arthur J. Rooney, Sr., and is presented annually to a member of the Steelers' organization that best exemplifies the spirit of cooperation with the media that he embodied.

Moats is a player who always makes himself available to the media, through good and bad.

"I don't feel like there's any question I shy away from or anything that doesn't need to be talked about," said Moats. "I love getting my message out there. I feel like all of us in here have a great relationship. We're all able to communicate with each other on a, I want to say personal level. I feel like it's always easy to talk to you all."

Moats has played in 15 games in 2016, starting five of them. He has recorded 3.5 sacks, including a single-game career high 2.0 sacks against Cleveland on November 20.

And while his playing days are far from over, he is thinking about life after football, a life that could find him in the media.

"I definitely would. I like your jobs," said Moats. "You're still around the game, it's not coaching and it's fun. Any time I get a microphone and am able to talk, I definitely like that."

"The Chief Award" Winners

1988 Dan Rooney 2003 Mike Logan
1989 Dwayne Woodruff 2004 Jerome Bettis
1990 Merril Hoge 2005 Alan Faneca
1991 Gerald Williams 2006 Brett Keisel
1992 Tunch Ilkin Deshea Townsend
1993 D.J. Johnson 2007 Alan Faneca
1994 Rod Woodson 2008 Ryan Clark
1995 Levon Kirkland 2009 James Farrior
1996 Chad Brown 2010 Ben Roethlisberger
1997 Darren Perry 2011 James Farrior
1998 Jerome Bettis 2012 Casey Hampton
1999 Lee Flowers 2013 Ike Taylor
2000 Jerome Bettis 2014 Cameron Heyward
2001 Lee Flowers 2015 Ramon Foster
2002 Hines Ward 2016 Arthur Moats

"Joe Greene Great Performance Award" Winners

1984 WR Louis Lipps 2001 LB Kendrell Bell
1985 P Harry Newsome 2002 OG Kendall Simmons
1986 LB Anthony Henton 2003 S Troy Polamalu
1987 CB Delton Hall 2004 QB Ben Roethlisberger
1988 RB Warren Williams 2005 TE Heath Miller
1989 SS Carnell Lake 2006 WR Santonio Holmes
1990 TE Eric Green 2007 P Daniel Sepulveda
1991 TE Adrian Cooper 2008 LB Patrick Bailey
1992 FS Darren Perry 2009 WR Mike Wallace
1993 LB Chad Brown 2010 C Maurkice Pouncey
1994 RB Bam Morris 2011 OT Marcus Gilbert
1995 QB Kordell Stewart 2012 OT Mike Adams
1996 FB Jon Witman 2013 RB Le'Veon Bell
1997 CB Chad Scott 2014 WR Martavis Bryant
1998 OG Alan Faneca 2015 LB Bud Dupree
1999 WR Troy Edwards 2016 S Sean Davis
2000 FB Dan Kreider

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