Farrior and Wallace Earn Awards


* Farrior and Wallace Earn Steelers' 2009 Pro Football Writers Awards

PITTSBURGH — *Steelers linebacker and defensive co-captainJames Farriorand wide receiverMike Wallacewere named the 2009 recipients of the Pittsburgh chapter of Pro Football Writers of America's annual awards.

Farrior 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.

Farrior, a 13-year NFL veteran, has recorded more than 100 tackles in seven of his eight seasons since joining the Steelers in 2002 (2003-09). He was named a Steelers' defensive captain for the sixth time in 2009 and has twice represented Pittsburgh in the Pro Bowl (2005, 2009). Farrior has led the Steelers in tackles during five different seasons and is on pace for a sixth with a team-leading 114 tackles (80 solo) in 2009.

Wallace, the second of Pittsburgh's three 2009 third-round draft picks, was the winner of the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award", given to the outstanding Steelers' rookie. Wallace has turned in a number of big plays for the Steelers since being selected 84th overall out of Mississippi. He leads the Steelers with an 18.7-yard receiving average and is tied for third on the team with five touchdowns. Wallace ranks fourth on the Steelers and among AFC rookies with 37 receptions. His 692 receiving yards leads all AFC rookies and ranks fourth among rookies in the NFL.  

Wallace set career highs with seven receptions and 102 yards in Week 3 at Cincinnati. He won Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors in Week 9 (at Denver) and Week 15 (vs. Green Bay) when he scored two touchdowns, including a spectacular game-winning 19-yard touchdown catch with no time left on the clock to beat the Packers, 37-36.

A listing of the award winners include:

"The Chief Award" Winners:

1988 Dan Rooney 2000 Jerome Bettis
1989 Dwayne Woodruff 2001 Lee Flowers
1990 Merril Hoge 2002 Hines Ward
1991 Gerald Williams 2003 Mike Logan
1992 Tunch Ilkin 2004 Jerome Bettis
1993 D.J. Johnson 2005 Alan Faneca
1994 Rod Woodson 2006 Brett Keisel
1995 Levon Kirkland Deshea Townsend
1996 Chad Brown 2007 Alan Faneca
1997 Darren Perry 2008 Ryan Clark
1998 Jerome Bettis 2009       James Farrior    
1999 Lee Flowers

 "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 2009       WR Mike Wallace

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