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December 31, 2009

FB Hoover wins media award honoring Berry

The Pro Football Writers of America announced today the selection of Carolina fullback Brad Hoover as the first winner of the Tom Berry Good Guy Award.

Berry was a long-time columnist and writer for the High Point Enterprise who covered the Panthers regularly and passed away in September.

The award was voted upon by reporters who cover the Panthers' regularly, who were asked to consider players who consistently cooperated with their efforts.

Hoover will be presented with the award Sunday, when the Panthers finish their season at home against the New Orleans Saints.

The award is fitting on several levels, including Hoover's long-time relationship with Berry. Hoover grew up in Thomasville, part of the Enterprise's coverage area. Berry covered Hoover and wrote about him on the high school, college and pro levels.

"Brad Hoover is the absolute perfect selection for this award," said ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas, the NFC South representative for the PFWA. "First off, Brad symbolizes everything Tom Berry stood for. He's always been courteous and polite with the media and a true gentlemen. Plus, Brad and Tom had a special connection that makes this selection even more meaninful on many levels."

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on December 31, 2009 at 02:19 PM | Permalink


Great for HOOOOOOOOOOOOOV!!!! Now if we could just get him some Pro Bowl love! How do two backs each rush for over 1000 (maybe 1100 before it's all said and done) and the fullback not get a ton of credit???

Posted by: Scott | Dec 31, 2009 3:17:18 PM

Good to see Hoover getting some recognition....From Thomasville, to Cullowhee, to the Panthers. Great Job Hooooooov keep up the great work....Def. should have been a pro bowler.

Posted by: JH | Dec 31, 2009 4:48:01 PM

Its no coincidence that the Panthers are playing much better when Hoover is healthy and plays.

Posted by: Mikey | Jan 1, 2010 12:45:33 PM

Hoover will be tough to replace when the time come's, he plays a big part in the run game on a run first team. Thank you Brad for all your hard work!

Posted by: Bobby | Jan 1, 2010 12:49:57 PM

I'm so glad Hoover won this! He's so deserving!

Posted by: Elizabeth | Jan 1, 2010 4:45:58 PM

Just want to reinforce what others have said..Panthers running game is at its best with Hoover in. He's the man!

Posted by: Ron | Jan 1, 2010 8:46:24 PM

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