The New York Jets made some interesting decisions for their season awards for 2019. Here are all the details on who won what awards.
The season hasn’t gone the way the New York Jets were hoping, but there were plenty of bright moments along the way.
On Friday morning the New York Jets revealed their 2019 season awards and there were plenty of interesting choices.
Dennis Byrd Most Inspirational Player
- Steve McLendon, defensive lineman
Steve has become the fearless leader for the New York Jets. You can commonly find him giving inspirational pregame speeches. Since coming over from Pittsburgh in 2016 he’s become a steadying presence for not only the defense but the team entirely.
This is the third consecutive season that Steve has come away with this specific hardware. McLendon joins legendary running back, Curtis Martin as the only player in team history to win the award in three straight years.
Ed Block Courage Most Courageous Player
- Bilal Powell, running back
Bilal has spent his entire nine-year career with the New York Jets and is the longest-tenured player on the team. Although not many people thought Powell would play for the Jets this year after suffering a scary neck injury last season.
Per Randy Lange of New York Jets dot com:
“Each year “the Block” goes to a player by a vote of his teammates on each of the 32 NFL teams. The award honors players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”
Marty Lyons Community Service
- Matthias Farley, safety
Matthias Farley was a late addition to the 2019 New York Jets roster joining the team as a free agent at the end of August.
Despite being here for only a short amount of time, he’s made a huge impact on and off the field for the green and white.
Kyle Clifton “Good Guy”
- Folorunso Fatukasi, defensive lineman
This award is voted on by the New York Jets staff. Foley became the first defensive lineman to earn this honor since Sione Po‘uha and Marcus Dixon split the honor late in the 2011 season, per the Jets.
Bill Hampton “Rookie Who Acts Like a Pro”
- Kyle Phillips, defensive lineman
The New York Jets haven’t been very good at finding gems, but they struck lightning when they signed Kyle Phillips as an undrafted free agent this past offseason.
This award isn’t just honoring what Kyle did on the field, but also how he carried himself in the locker room off the field. This award is voted on by the equipment staff and the past winners of this award. Phillips is the first defensive lineman to ever win this award.
Curtis Martin Team MVP Award
- Jamal Adams, safety
Last but certainly not least, Jamal Adams has come away with team MVP honors for the second consecutive season.
Adams made history on and off the field this season for the green and white.
Per the New York Jets:
“Jamal Adams leads the defense in all the following categories: tackles (87), QB hits (15), forced fumbles (2) and return touchdowns (2). His 6.5 sacks, as we all know by now, are 1.5 shy of tying the NFL record for most sacks by a DB in a season. His 14 tackles on third and fourth downs to prevent conversions is the most by a Jets DB this millennium and the last time any Jets defender had more, it was LB David Harris with 18 in 2009.”
While off the field, by winning this award Jamal Adams became just the fourth player in team history to win the Team MVP honors in consecutive seasons. He joins ‘Broadway’ Joe Namath (1968-69), Al Toon (1986-88), and of course Curtis Martin (1999-01).