You have to love awards when they’re given to deserving people and it’s clear why they’re receiving them. Philadelphia Eagles legend and five-time First-Team All-Pro Jason Kelce can now place the words 2023 Good Guy Award Winner on his resume and do so proudly.
One of the most beloved Eagles of all time is a six-time Pro Bowl nod and a Super Bowl champion. There are just a couple of questions, and they have probably been asked by all of us in light of the news.
What in Heaven’s name is a Good Guy Award anyway, and why was it given to Jason Kelce?
More often than not, an award’s name tells us what its recipient is being honored for: MVP, Coach of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. Names tell us a lot in many instances. The Good Guy Award isn’t something we discuss often though. It sounds like something that should be given out during Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards,
Heck, you could be given a good guy award for being a really cool dude in a movie. In this context, we figured it was probably football related. Maybe it’s given to someone for their philanthropy like the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
Well friends, the truth is it’s none of those things. What is The Good Guy Award? Per the Pro Football Writers of America’s website, it’s an honor given “to an NFL player for his qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job”.
Now, no one is attempting to knock any achievement for its merits. There’s nothing wrong with an honor that celebrates guys of good character, especially when they’re deserving. Eagles fans fell in love with Jason Kelce’s personality a long time ago. His name has been etched in everyone’s hearts and minds as a ‘Good Guy’ for years.
As the Pro Football Writers gain additional access to players and the inside scoop with all 32 NFL franchises, the general public is more informed, engaged, and entertained, so it’s hard to deny the PFWA’s hearts are in the right place. It’s just, like, come on man…
Giving someone an award because they made life easier for you? That’s potentially the most self-serving honor ever.
There’s something else to consider. Why are we stopping at ‘Good’? Aaron Rodgers won this same award in 2011. The PFWA probably wants to walk that one back. Not only does the dude shun the media now, but he’s also a total weirdo and borderline psychopath.
With Jason winning the award this year, there’s no better time to rebrand it and change the name of the award to ‘Goodest Guy’, ‘Great Guy’, ‘Awesome Guy” or hell… We can just call the award winner an ‘Extremely Solid Dude’.
Say this out loud. “Jason Kelce, future two-time Super Bowl Champion, six-time Pro Bowler, five-time First-Team All-Pro, and Extremely Solid Awesome Dude Award Winner”. Yeah, that’s perfect. The other name simply didn’t have enough of a ring to it.