Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Vote Quinn Team MVP

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Vote Quinn Team MVP

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On Monday, the Rams cleared out their lockers, went through final meetings and talked hopefully about the future.

The team also presented its annual awards, as voted on by teammates:

* Defensive end Robert Quinn repeated as the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award for team MVP. Quinn, who was recently named to play in his second consecutive Pro Bowl, took home the MVP award after leading the Rams for the second straight season with 10 sacks. In addition to reaching double digits in sacks for the third time in as many seasons, Quinn posted 14 tackles for loss, 37 quarterback pressures and 24 quarterback hits.

* The Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award, given to the player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, hard work and commitment to his teammates, went to tight end Cory Harkey. In his third NFL season, Harkey emerged as a leader both on and off the field. He started 12 games and appeared in all 16 despite battling injuries throughout the season. Harkey, dubbed Harkcules by teammates, lined up in multiple spots as a fullback and tight end and was frequently used as a lead blocker. In addition, he had eight catches for 55 yards, a touchdown catch and a two-point conversion catch.

* Drafted 13th overall in May, defensive tackle Aaron Donald led all NFL rookies with nine sacks and finished second among the league's interior linemen in that category. The Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award winner as team rookie of the year, Donald led the Rams with 17 tackles for loss and became the first rookie defender since 1971 to earn a Pro Bowl invitation.

* Punter Johnny Hekker, a third-year pro, continued his strong work in the community and was recognized as the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner. Hekker was co-chair along with kicker Greg Zuerlein and long snapper Jake McQuaide in launching "Kick Cancer," an initiative that allowed individuals to pledge donations based on kicking points scored during the season, with proceeds going to SSM Health Care. In support of the program, Hekker teamed up with linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar for the RAM-oke karaoke event in September.

Hekker has also been heavily involved with Special Olympics and the NFL's Fuel Up to PLAY 60 program. …

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