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Le’Veon Bell and Ike Taylor Receive End of Season Pittsburgh Pro Football Writers Association Awards

December 25th, 2013 at 12:05 AM
By Mark Mihalko
The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up practice on Tuesday before breaking for the Christmas Holiday. During the session, they welcomed back linebacker Jarvis Jones to the field for the first time since being a late scratch for the game against the Green Bay Packers with a virus With Jones returning, the Steelers should have a little more depth than they did for their game with Packers..
'Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers' photo (c) 2013, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
While that was an important on-field happening, the team also announced the recipients of two of their annual awards, Rookie of the Year and the award for  Media Relations. These two awards were voted on and handed out by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association
 
The biggest of those went running back Le'Veon Bell, who was the unanimous selection for the Joe Greene Great Performance Award. For Bell, who is coming off his fir 100-yard performance, the award is a tremendous accomplishment considering the early season injury that delayed the regular season start of his career. On top of that,  he actually faced stiff competition from the amount of rookies that were thrust into big minutes due to injury in 2013. 
 
Bell has had a solid season considering the foot injury that cost him three games early in the season. In all, he has carried the ball 224 times for 770 yards (3.4 YPC) and seven touchdowns, while adding 44 receptions for 393 yards (8.9 YPC). Incredibly, he also has a chance to break a storied record in Steelers lore, needing only 73 total yards to break Franco Harris' 1972 rookie  yards from scrimmage record (1,235).
 
The other recipient of an award was cornerback Ike Taylor, who was awarded The Chief Award for his media relations. Taylor, who is one of the leading members of both the defense and the community service activities with the team, is a fan and media favorite and appears to have embraced the entertainment aspects of his profession in the NFL
 
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Tags: Football, Franco Harris, Ike Taylor, Jarvis Jones, Joe Greene Great Performance Award, Le'Veon Bell, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pro Football Writers Association, The Chief Award

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