The Miami Dolphins announced their team-voted award winners Wednesday, with defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake being among those that were honored.
Suh, who will finish his third year with the team after the Dolphins’ December 31st home meeting with AFC East rival, received the highest honor – being named the Dan Marino Most Valuable Player.
The award, which was voted on by the South Florida media and the Dolphins organization, was renamed in 2000 to reflect the achievements of Hall of Fame quarterback and 12-time team MVP Dan Marino.
Through week 17, Suh has totaled 45 tackles (29 solo), 4.5 sacks, two passes defensed, 12 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles. His 4.5 sacks are tied for ninth among all NFL defensive tackles.
Also, Suh – whose 51.5 sacks since entering the league in 2010 are the second-most among NFL defensive tackles in that span – is the 15th defensive player to win the team’s MVP award and just the fourth defensive lineman, joining NFL Hall of Famer Jason Taylor (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), Adewale Ogunleye (2003) and Wake (2012).
Wake earned the Don Shula Leadership Award Wednesday – an award that’s voted on by Dolphins players and given to the player who exhibits leadership on and off the field.
It is the second straight season that the nine-year veteran has received the honor and the fourth time overall that he’s been considered an exemplary leader within the Fins locker room.
Wake, who has recorded a team-high nine sacks this season, becomes one of six Dolphins to win the leadership award in consecutive seasons – joining Zach Thomas (1998-99), Derrick Rodgers (2000-01), Junior Seau (2003-04), Jason Taylor (2006-07) and Karlos Dansby (2010-11).
Wake, however, is the only to win it in consecutive years on two separate occasions and is the first player in team history to win the award outright on four occasions.
Also receiving honors Wednesday was center Mike Pouncey, who was named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award winner, and wide receiver Kenny Stills, who earned the Nat Moore Community Service Award.
Pouncey earns the courage award, which goes to a Miami player that symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication, after he finally had a healthy season with the Fins – bouncing back from a hip injury that limited him to just five games in 2016 to start all 15 games this season and if he starts on Sunday, he’ll have started all 16 games in a season for the first time since 2012.
It is the second straight year that Stills has received the community service award. He is the team’s most active player in the South Florida community, making appearances and lending a hand nearly every single week. Stills was the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and has become a pioneer among NFL players in addressing societal issues. Stills’ advocacy for social justice and equal rights has led to a partnership with RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality).