Bryant wins Halas Award

April, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Professional Football Writers of America have just announced their annual awards and Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant has won the Halas Award.

That honor goes to the player or coach who has "performed with abandon despite injury or personal problems off the field." Bryant certainly fit the profile on that one. His infant son died unexpectedly in the middle of last season, yet Bryant continued to kick well and hit a game-winning field goal just days after his son's funeral.

Bryant joins some excellent company. Here's a look at past winners of the Halas Award:

1970 - Joe Namath, New York Jets

1971 - Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears

1972 - Tom Dempsey, New Orleans Saints

1973 - Jimmy Johnson, San Francisco 49ers

1974 - Mike Tilleman, Atlanta Falcons

1975 - Dick Butkus, Chicago Bears

1976 - Billy Kilmer, Washington Redskins

1977 - Tom DeLeone, Cleveland Browns

1978 - Pat Fischer, Washington Redskins

1979 - Bert Jones, Baltimore Colts

1980 - Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys

1981 - Rolf Benirschke, San Diego Chargers

1982 - Joe Klecko, New York Jets

1983 - Eddie Lee Ivery, Green Bay Packers

1984 - Ted Hendricks, Los Angeles Raiders

1985 - John Stallworth, Pittsburgh Steelers

1986 - Gary Jeter, Los Angeles Rams

1987 - William Andrews, Atlanta Falcons

1988 - Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers

1989 - Karl Nelson, New York Giants

1990 - Tim Krumrie, Cincinnati Bengals

1991 - Dan Hampton, Chicago Bears

1992 - Mike Utley, Detroit Lions

1993 - Mark Bavaro, Cleveland Browns

1994 - Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers

1995 - Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins

1996 - Larry Brown, Oakland Raiders

1997 - Jim Harbaugh, Indianapolis Colts

1998 - Mark Schlereth, Denver Broncos

1999 - Dan Reeves, Atlanta Falcons

2000 - Bryant Young, San Francisco 49ers

2001 - Kerry Collins, New York Giants

2002 - Garrison Hearst, San Francisco 49ers

2003 - Robert Edwards, Miami Dolphins

2004 - Sam Mills, Carolina Panthers

2005 - Mark Fields, Carolina Panthers

2006 - Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts

2007 - Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

2008 – Kevin Everett, Buffalo Bills

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