The Bernie--Rams release names of 2004 team awards
QB Marc Bulger, RB Steven Jackson, and LB Pisa Tinoisamoa have been honored by Rams' teammates as the recipients of 2004 team awards.
Bulger received the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award as the team's most valuable player, Jackson the Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award as the Rams' rookie of the year, and Tinoisamoa the Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award, given to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, work ethic, and commitment to his teammates.
Bulger is the fifth quarterback to win the Reeves Award, as this is the second time he has earned the honor. Bulger is also the eighth repeat winner of the award, as he earned the honor in 2002, joining Merlin Olsen (1970, '72), Lawrence McCutcheon (1974, '77), Jack Youngblood (1975-'76, '79), Vince Ferragamo (1980, '82), Eric Dickerson (1983-'84, '86), Isaac Bruce (1995-'96), and Marshall Faulk (1999-2001). This season, Bulger has started all 14 games he has played in, missing nearly three full games due to a right shoulder injury, and has thrown for 3,964 yards, tying with Jim Everett (1988) for the fifth-highest passing yards total in one season in Rams' history. He has also had two 400-yard passing games in 2004 (448 @ Green Bay 11/29, 450 vs. New York Jets 1/2), as he currently owns the fourth, fifth, and sixth-best passing days in Rams' history (including 453 vs. San Diego 11/10/02), and has had a Rams' record three 400-yard passing days in his career. Bulger has been among the league-leaders in passing yards, passer rating, and completion percentage all season, as his final numbers were 321-for-485 passing (66.2 completion percentage, second in Rams' history) for 3,964 yards with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a 93.7 passer rating.
Jackson becomes the sixth running back to earn the Rosenbloom Award, and the first since David Thompson took home the honors in 1997. This year's first-round draft choice (24th overall) from Oregon State has played in 14 games, starting three of them. He finished second the team in rushing, carrying the ball 134 times for 673 yards with a team-high four touchdowns, adding 19 receptions for 189 yards and four kickoff returns for a 19.8-yard average. Jackson had two 100-yard rushing games this season, as he ran for 119 yards on 26 carries vs. San Francisco 12/5 and for 148 yards on 24 carries, with one touchdown, vs. Philadelphia 12/27, which was the sixth-best rookie rushing game in Rams' history. Jackson finished third in the NFL among rookies in rushing, as he led the Rams in rushing seven times. He scored his first NFL touchdown at San Francisco 10/3, adding his first NFL reception in the same game.
Tinoisamoa has been the Rams' leading tackler all season, finishing with 145 tackles, passing his own career-high that led the team as a rookie in 2003 of 121. The most astounding thing about these numbers is that Tinoisamoa has been suffering all season with a dislocated right shoulder that has required him to play in a harness. He first suffered this injury vs. Arizona 9/12 and finished with nine tackles (four solo) and one pass defensed, after coming back in the second half with the harness and then playing with it for the next two weeks as well. Pisa then re-aggravated the injury at Carolina 12/12 in the first half, before returning to finish the game in the second half with nine tackles (five solo) and one pass defensed. Tinoisamoa has had five games with double-digit tackles this season ñ 11 tackles (nine solo) with 1.0 sack at Atlanta 9/19, 14 tackles (nine solo) with 0.5 sack at San Francisco 10/3, 10 stops (seven solo) vs. Tampa Bay 10/18, 12 stops (eight solo) vs. Seattle 11/14, and 11 tackles (seven solo) vs. New York Jets 1/2. He has had only four games this season under nine tackles.
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.