Lions' Glover Quin, Travis Swanson earn awards
During the 2014 season, Lions free safety Glover Quin typically held court with what he called "sound bite Wednesdays," giving reporters 20 or more minutes each week to ask about football or other topics.
Because of his consistently helpful and honest approach, Quin earned the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association's Good Guy Award, which goes to a player who demonstrated a good working relationship with reporters and broadcasters covering the team.
Quin was stellar in his second season with the Lions, who signed him as a free agent in 2013 after he played four years with the Texans. He finished 2014 with an NFL-best seven interceptions and was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro for the first time in his career.
Previous winners of the Good Guy Award include left guard Rob Sims in 2013, linebacker Stephen Tulloch in 2012 and wide receiver Nate Burleson in 2011.
The DSBA also announced third-round pick Travis Swanson as its Rookie of the Year Friday. An interior offensive lineman, Swanson played in all 16 games as a rookie and started three at right guard and one at center. He also started at right guard in the Lions' playoff loss to the Cowboys.
With the Lions choosing to not re-sign veteran Dominic Raiola this offseason, Swanson will enter 2015 as the presumed starting center. He was the brightest spot among a rookie class mostly hampered by injuries as first-round tight end Eric Ebron, second-round linebacker Kyle Van Noy, fourth-round cornerback Nevin Lawson and sixth-round receiver TJ Jones all missed at least three games due to injury.
Other rookies included undrafted offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas, undrafted cornerback Mohammed Seisay, fourth-round defensive end Larry Webster, fifth-round defensive tackle Caraun Reid and seventh-round kicker Nate Freese, who was cut after Week 3.