Walt McFadden wins inaugural Good Guy Award
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.