Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Le'Veon Bell, Ike Taylor win awards
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Running back Le'Veon Bell was the unanimous pick for the award given to the Pittsburgh Steelers' top rookie, and he said the start to his career is only a beginning.
“I’m nowhere near where I want to be,” Bell said after accepting the Joe Greene Great Performance Award.
Bell and Ike Taylor were the recipients of the two major awards given Tuesday by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association.
Taylor won the “The Chief Award,” which is given to the player who is most helpful to the media.
“I always want to be a stand-up guy and that’s’ good,” Taylor said.
Taylor has his own radio show, and he said dabbling in the media has given him an appreciation of the job reporters have to do, which includes asking questions after a tough loss.
The award has special meaning to Taylor since it is named after Steelers founder Art Rooney. Taylor is extremely close with Steelers chairman emeritus Dan Rooney, one of Art Rooney’s five sons.
“I call Mr. Rooney ‘Pops,’" Taylor said. “As soon as I came into the league, he took me under his wing.”
Taylor is in his 11th season, and he said he wants to play beyond 2013. Bell, meanwhile, said he expects to improve significantly in his second season.
Despite missing the first three games of the season, Bell is one the verge of breaking a rookie mark that has stood since 1972. Bell needs 73 total yards Sunday against the Browns to break Franco Harris’ record for most yards from scrimmage for a Steelers rookie (1,235).