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 NEW YORK (AP) -Brett Favre, Mike Holmgren and Kevin Everett were among the winners of the 2008 awards handed out Friday by the Professional Football Writers of America.
Favre, who recently retired after 17 NFL seasons, received the Good Guy Award for helping the media do its job. Favre not only gave detailed, honest answers, but increased his availability to national and out-of-town reporters during his final season with the Green Bay Packers.
Seahawks coach Holmgren took the Horrigan Award given to the person who is not a player or team media relations member and helped the media best do its job. One of the league's most popular and influential coaches, Holmgren recently announced 2008 will be his last season at the Seahawks' helm.
He edged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in voting by PFWA members.
The Halas Award goes to the individual in the NFL who overcame the most adversity to succeed last season. In the 2007 opener, Everett sustained a fracture and dislocation of his cervical spine. Doctors initially characterized the injury as life-threatening and feared Everett would have permanent neurological impairment.
But days later, Everett showed significant movement in his arms and legs, and he soon was able to walk. On Dec. 23, Everett walked in public for the first time at Ralph Wilson Stadium before the home finale against the Giants.
The Seattle Seahawks media relations department took the Rozelle Award for the best of its kind in 2007, and ESPN's Len Pasquarelli won the McCann Award for distinguished service.
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