[KC Chiefs.com] The Chiefs announced today that running back Jamaal Charles was named the winner of the club’s Derrick Thomas Award and safety Eric Berry earned the team’s Mack Lee Hill Award. Both honors are voted on by Chiefs players.
As a tribute to the late Derrick Thomas, the Chiefs annual Most Valuable Player Award was renamed in his honor following his death in February of 2000. The Mack Lee Hill Award is presented each year to the Chiefs rookie or first-year player who best exemplifies the spirit of the late Mack Lee Hill, who passed away during his second season with the Chiefs in ’65.
Charles, who won this award last year as well, finished second in the NFL in rushing with 1,467 yards despite splitting time as the featured back with Thomas Jones. His per-carry average of 6.4 yards was best in the league among running backs.
Berry, the Chiefs first round pick in the 2010 Draft, led the Chiefs in interceptions with four. He was also second in tackles behind Derrick Johnson.