AKRON, Ohio -- At the end of the 2012 season, Cleveland Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was voted the winner of the Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award, given annually to a player, as selected by the Cleveland chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America, for their cooperation with the media.
When Jackson, who won Cleveland PFWA’s Player of the Year in 2011, received the award at the 34th annual Akron Browns Backers Banquet at Tangier Restaurant in Akron Monday, he was humbled by the honor.
“It means everything,” Jackson said. “It’s just always great to see the fan base from the community, from the Browns’ organization. It’s always fun talking to fans here and showing my appreciation. They’ve given me an award two years in a row, so it was definitely important for me to be here tonight.
“In my years of playing football, I’ve won a ton of awards, and this is the first for the Good Guy Award. At first, when I got the award, I didn’t know what to expect, but once I realized the people that put forth the energy, the time to make this possible, it’s really something special. This is very special.”
Jackson came to Cleveland in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft from the University of Maryland. In each of his first three seasons, Jackson made at least 100 total tackles. Despite losing 26 consecutive games over the 2009 and 2010 seasons due to pectoral tears, Jackson rebounded to lead the Browns in tackles during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
He also earned a player of the month award for his efforts in September of 2011.
“It’s special to me because of my time in Cleveland and the relationships I’ve built over the years,” Jackson said. “In my time in Cleveland, I grew from a young man to a proud man sitting before you today. I’d like to thank the Pro Football Writers of America for giving me the opportunity to stand up here today and receive the Good Guy Award, along with last year’s Player of the Year Award.
“I’ve always had a fond appreciation for the Cleveland community. The fans are passionate, and right now, from an organizational standpoint, from a players’ standpoint, it’s very exciting around that building.
“It’s been a great honor and a privilege to play for you guys for eight years, and I couldn’t be more proud of a community than here in Cleveland.”