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fordfixer
12-31-2009, 02:10 AM
Wallace chosen as Steelers' rookie of the year
Thursday, December 31, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09365/1024729-66.stm

Wide receiver Mike Wallace was the unanimous Steelers rookie of the year and linebacker James Farrior won The Chief Award in a vote by the Pro Football Writers.

Wallace is fourth on the Steelers with 37 receptions and tied for second with five touchdown catches. His 18.7 yards per catch leads the top 50 AFC receivers.

He is the third consecutive rookie of the year who was not the team's top draft pick. The previous two were punter Daniel Sepulveda and undrafted special teams player Patrick Bailey. Before those three, the team's first-round draft choice won it five consecutive years.

"I have all of the confidence in the world in my abilities," said Wallace, a third-round draft pick who earned the job of No. 3 wide receiver early in the season. "If somebody is giving me the opportunity to get out there when we have all of those guys, I am not trying to give it back. I am taking advantage of it."

The award Farrior earned is named in honor of franchise founder Art Rooney Sr. and is presented to the member of the Steelers' organization who best exemplifies Rooney's spirit of cooperation with the media.

stlrz d
12-31-2009, 08:46 AM
:tt2

SteelAbility
12-31-2009, 10:06 AM
Can we take it that Sweed is NOT the sophomore of the year? :lol:

RuthlessBurgher
12-31-2009, 01:28 PM
Can we take it that Sweed is NOT the sophomore of the year? :lol:

At least he is on the roster, unlike, say, Bruce Davis from that draft class. :HeadBanger

BURGH86STEEL
12-31-2009, 01:59 PM
Wallace can only get better.

phillyesq
12-31-2009, 02:31 PM
This is the first time in a couple of seasons that the ROY really earned it. Bailey won last year because nobody really stepped up. Same with Sep the year before.

Congrats to Wallace. I look forward to watching him in black and gold for a long time.