Rams Announce 2002 Team Awards
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Bulger received the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award as the team's most valuable player, Fisher the Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award as the Rams' rookie of the year, and Conwell the Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award, given to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, work ethic, and commitment to his teammates.
Bulger becomes the fifth quarterback to win the Reeves Award, and the first since Jim Everett earned the honor in 1989. After injuries to Kurt Warner and Jamie Martin thrust Bulger into the starting lineup, the second-year player from West Virginia showed he was deserving of the team MVP honor. In seven starts, Bulger has completed 138 of 214 passes for 1,826 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions for an NFL-leading 101.5 passer rating. In his seven starts he had three 300-yard passing games and Bulger's 1,496 passing yards in first five starts is best in NFL history for a quarterback's first five starts, surpassing Cincinnati's Jeff Blake in 1994 with 1,410 yards. The Pittsburgh native had a career day against San Diego November 10 as he set the team record for most pass completions in a game (36), passing Kurt Warner (35 @ Seattle 9/10/00) and Dieter Brock (35 vs. San Francisco 10/27/85). Also in that game Bulger threw for 453 yards, which is an NFC single game season high.
Fisher becomes the fourth cornerback to earn the Rookie of the Year Award, and the first since Todd Lyght in 1991. This year's second round draft selection (64th overall) from Central Florida has played in 13 contests, starting 10 of them. He leads all rookies on the team with 62 tackles. Fisher is tied for second on the team with two interceptions, and third on the team with 13 passes defensed. Fisher has been a valuable playmaker in the defensive backfield, as he took over the starting position at left cornerback after a season-ending injury to Aeneas Williams. The Tallahassee, Fla. native made memorable plays in both contests against the Seattle Seahawks this season in the first meeting he chased down WR Koren Robinson from behind to save a touchdown, and in the second meeting he recovered his first career fumble after a sack by DT Jeff Zgonina.
While battling injuries throughout this season, Conwell has been a model of consistency and teamwork. The seven-year veteran has played in all 16 games and is fifth on the team with 31 receptions for 367 yards and one touchdown. Conwell has done some work in the backfield as well, gaining 30 yards on six carries for another touchdown.
The Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award was introduced in 1969 in honor of the former owner of the Rams who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. The Carroll Rosenbloom Award was established in honor of the former owner of the Rams in 1979. The Carl Ekern Award honors the former Rams linebacker who died in an automobile accident in 1990.