PFWA names Carolina award in Berry's honor

September, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas


We mentioned the passing of longtime High Point (N.C.) Enterprise columnist Tom Berry recently. It’s a tragic loss to anyone who ever ran across Tom or read his columns.

There’s no way to cushion that blow, but there’s a wee bit of positive news Friday about a way Tom will be remembered. Tom’s name now will be attached to an annual award.

The Enterprise had the full story this morning, but I wanted to share this with all of you. As the NFC South chairman for the Pro Football Writers of America, I’m proud to say that the Carolina chapter of that organization will present the Tom Berry Good Guy Award to a member of the Panthers each year.

Writers who cover the Panthers on a regular basis, as Tom did, will vote on the player who is most cooperative with the media and the winner will be announced at the end of the season.

When I worked in Carolina, we gave a Good Guy Award several times and past winners included Mike Minter and Brentson Buckner. Those were guys who were true pros, always treating others with respect.

If that description sounds a lot like Tom Berry, it should. His name and the phrase “good guy’’ should be linked together forever. Through this award, they will.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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