Jets select Thomas Jones as their MVP

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The New York Jets have announced their in-house award winners.

Running back Thomas Jones received the Curtis Martin MVP and the Dennis Byrd Most Inspirational Awards for carrying the offense on his back for most of the season.

Jones earlier in the week was named to his first Pro Bowl. He has broken several major team records, including total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, most points by a non-kicker and most consecutive games with a touchdown.

Veteran fullback Tony Richardson won the Marty Lyons Community Service Award even though he has been a Jet for only one season.

Richardson already had been named the Jets' candidate for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year honor. He has donated over $1 million to the Rich in Spirit Foundation, which he established in 1999.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery received the Ed Block Courage Award. Click here for an ESPN.com story on Cotchery's inspirational tale. He and his wife last year started the Cotchery Foundation to help underprivileged youth.

Safety Abram Elam won the Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award, a decision that will raise eyebrows. Elam was expelled from Notre Dame after being convicted of felonious sexual battery for his role in an alleged gang rape in 2002.

The Jets' press release states the Good Guy Award is voted on by the Jets staff and "recognizes exceptionally consistent willingness, cooperation and professionalism in every day dealings with the various departments within the organization."