DAVIE - Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace was voted the 2013 winner of the Pro Football Writers of America Good Guy Award, which is annually given to the NFL player on each team who best exemplifies professionalism to the media.
“That’s what I’m talking about," said Wallace, who is 95 yards away from producing his third 1,000 yard receiving season. "It’s not the biggest award I’ve ever received, but it’s in the running. I really appreciate it and I’m going to put in my house in my trophy case. Everybody has a job to do so I try to take that into consideration and respect that."
During his acceptance speech Wallace admitted he doesn’t know if winning the award is “a good thing” based on the Dolphins’ tight-lipped approach, took a shot at a media member for always wearing his Google glasses, “they are dope, but they don’t look good,” and declared that fellow starting receiver Brian Hartline was his “favorite white boy.”
Wallace obviously forgotten about Ryan Tannehill, his quarterback. But then again, that might explains why Tannehill favors Hartline, whom Wallace plans to train with this offseason.
Wallace’s candor makes him a media favorite, and a perfect example why is how he summarized the 2013 season if the Dolphins (8-7) don’t beat the Jets (7-8).
"You have to look at it as all or nothing," Wallace said of Sunday’s game, which could determine of the Dolphins qualify for the playoffs. "If we don't win we've only improved one game. That's not good enough.”
Last year's winner of the Good Guys Award, which is annually given by the media covering the team, was shared by tailback Reggie Bush and offensive guard Richie Incognito.
The Good Guy Award has a long history of being the kiss of death for Dolphins players who receiver it, virtually guaranteeing they won't return the next season. But Wallace is guaranteed a $15 million base salary in 2014 as part of the five-year, $60 million contract he signed to join the Dolphins last offseason.