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12.29.2009

Walt McFadden wins inaugural Good Guy Award

Hey everyone. The suspense has ended.

Cornerback Walt McFadden today was named the first-ever recipient of the EAABWAA's Good Guy Award. Official press release follows:

TAMPA -- Auburn senior cornerback Walter "Walt" McFadden has been selected as the first recipient of the "Good Guy Award," which will be presented annually by the local chapter of Auburn beat writers.

The award is meant to recognize a player who is consistently congenial and professional in his interactions with the media.

The East Alabama Auburn Beat Writers Association of America voted to give McFadden the inaugural award for his friendly demeanor, regular participation in media interviews and outstanding quotablity.

"Walt is a reporter's best friend," said EAABWAA media relations committee chairman Evan Woodbery. "He could speak intelligently on any number of topics and his outstanding sense of humor never wavered."

McFadden will be presented with a plaque from the EAABWAA at a later date.

"I really do appreciate that," McFadden said when informed of the honor. "I want to thank everybody...I feel like I'm at an awards show."

Other players deserving of honorable mention include quarterback Chris Todd, who was always willing to speak during good times and bad, tight end Tommy Trott, H-back Mario Fannin and linebackers Josh Bynes and Craig Stevens.

McFadden, a native of Pompano Beach, Fla., has started 24 consecutive games for the Tigers and was an All-SEC second team selection. He is also a member of the SEC's community service team.

"You couldn't have picked a better one," said Auburn head coach Gene Chizik. "He's a great ambassador for Auburn. He's a great person. He's a great football player. He's always the same. He never changes, so what you see is what you get. I wasn't aware of the award, but now that I am I don't think you could have picked a better one. That was a good pick."

The EAABWAA is an informal professional organization devoted to advancing sports journalism.


Congratulations to McFadden, who certainly was deserving. I may or may not have voted for him, but he certainly embodies what this award represents.

16 Comments:

Blogger Eddie said...

Way to Go WALT

2:03 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Nice job Eddie:


Suggestion: All Tampa-bound Hotties should email cell#s to the others.

I've not been in Tampa since the late 80's. If it's still there, the "original Hooters" was on the right side of Gulf-to-Bay Blvd going into Clearwater. This Hooters employed many of the Tampa Bay Buc cheerleaders ...never seen another Hooters even close to that much talent.

Tio Pepe's Restaurant on G-t-B had one of the better steaks I've had.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Ephemeral said...

War Eagle, Walt!

And congrats to all the nominees--you are all winners!

2:07 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Is there a cash prize to go along with this?

2:08 PM  
Blogger API said...

Congrats Walt.

2:14 PM  
Blogger API said...

Speaking of Journalism, which 'personalities' will be broadcasting the game? I really hope it won't be a collection of stiffs.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Jonesy said...

Big Daddy Walt FTW!

2:23 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Here's the announcers:

Outback Bowl: Northwestern v. Auburn (ESPN, 11am)- Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman, Rob Stone



Here's the website where such info can be found:

http://awfulannouncing.blogspot.com/2009/12/your-full-2009-2010-college-football.html

2:36 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Awful announcing.

Great name.

2:38 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

Repeat from previous thread:
THT (and crowd) IV (and sons) are all staying at the Extended Stay America on West Spruce St just south of the stadium, telephone No.
813-873-2850. THT and I are going to try to meet and have Dinner. Come one come all and get to know your fellow Hotties. I will arrive @ or just before 6:00PM ET.

2:40 PM  
Blogger wtc said...

I emailed my friend in Tampa about a restaurant near the Extended Stay place you mentioned. here is his reply.

That's near the Westshore district, which has a TON of very nice, and very expensive restaurants. (It's also near a lot of strip clubs, and I THINK that this particular place is known for that sort of thing)

2:58 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

THTJr and I stayed at this same ESA when Ronnie & the fins played Tampa Bay a few years back. There are some steak places one block away, and right before the steak places is Roy's.

New thread up, btw.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Reynolds said...

ESPN's Ron Franklin did the play-by-play for the Independence Bowl last night.

Damn, I forgot how great he truly was. I sure wish he still covered SEC games.

He's one hell of a talent. When coupled with Gottfried, they were THE best crew in college football..

3:06 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

wtc ...back in the day, Tio Pepe's was a very good restaurant next to a very good strip club ....all near the stadium.

3:08 PM  
Blogger API said...

OK, posting on an old thread, but I agree 100% that Ron Franklin and Gottfried were the best announcing tandem. I loved it when they called Auburn games on ESPN.

3:45 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Congrats Walt!

4:45 PM  

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