Farrior, Gilbert win PFWA awards

Steelers linebacker James Farrior and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert were named the 2011 recipients of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Pro Football Writers of America's annual awards.

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

Farrior, in his 15th NFL season, has started 195 career games at linebacker, including 153 as a Steeler. In his 10 seasons with the Steelers, Farrior has compiled 1,200 tackles, 30 sacks, eight interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries. He has started 15 career postseason contests, recording 98 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions, helping to guide the Steelers to victories in Super Bowl XL and XLIII.

Gilbert, the Steelers' second round draft pick in 2011, was the winner of the "Joe Greene Great Performance Award", given to the outstanding Steelers' rookie. Gilbert has played in 13 games with 12 starts, which are the second-most starts of any offensive lineman. Gilbert has been instrumental in the success of the Steelers' offense, helping to pave the way for the Steelers' offense to gain more than 370 yards per game. This is the first time in team history that an offensive lineman (C Maurkice Pouncey, Gilbert) won the award in consecutive seasons.

A listing of the award winners include:

"The Chief Award" Winners:

1988Dan Rooney2001Lee Flowers
1989Dwayne Woodruff2002Hines Ward
1990Merril Hoge2003Mike Logan
1991Gerald Williams2004Jerome Bettis
1992Tunch Ilkin2005Alan Faneca
1993D.J. Johnson2006Brett Keisel
1994Rod WoodsonDeshea Townsend
1995Levon Kirkland2007Alan Faneca
1996Chad Brown2008Ryan Clark
1997Darren Perry2009James Farrior
1998Jerome Bettis2010Ben Roethlisberger
1999Lee Flowers2011James Farrior
2000Jerome Bettis

"Joe Greene Great Performance Award" Winners:

1984WR Louis Lipps1998OG Alan Faneca
1985P Harry Newsome1999WR Troy Edwards
1986LB Anthony Henton2000FB Dan Kreider
1987CB Delton Hall2001LB Kendrell Bell
1988RB Warren Williams2002OG Kendall Simmons
1989SS Carnell Lake2003S Troy Polamalu
1990TE Eric Green2004QB Ben Roethlisberger
1991TE Adrian Cooper2005TE Heath Miller
1992FS Darren Perry2006WR Santonio Holmes
1993LB Chad Brown2007P Daniel Sepulveda
1994RB Bam Morris2008LB Patrick Bailey
1995QB Kordell Stewart2009WR Mike Wallace
1996FB Jon Witman2010C Maurkice Pouncey
1997CB Chad Scott2011OT Marcus Gilbert

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