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Antrel Rolle Receives BBI “Giant of the Year” Trophy: New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle received the 2013 BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) “Giant of the Year” Trophy on Friday after the team’s training camp practice concluded.
Rolle had his finest season as a New York Giant in 2013. He started all 16 games and finished with 98 tackles, 2 sacks, 12 pass defenses, 6 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. Rolle also played in the Pro Bowl as a second-alternate.
Based on fan voting, the award is given to the Giants’ player, coach, or member of the front office who most contributed to the team’s success on the field in a given year. The vote is held at the end of each season by members of the BBI community. With 2,920 votes cast, Rolle received 64 percent of the vote followed by linebacker Jon Beason (16 percent), defensive end Justin Tuck (7 percent), Head Coach Tom Coughlin (4 percent), Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell (4 percent), cornerback Prince Amukamara (3 percent), and place kicker Josh Brown (1 percent).
The award carries a special significance as the trophy has been renamed to honor Hope Johnson, a beloved member of the BBI community and organizer of the “Giant of the Year” presentation, who passed away in 2009.
BBI owner and editor Eric Kennedy presented the award to Rolle. Kennedy highlighted Rolle’s on-field production in 2013, but also remarked about Rolle’s maturation into a team leader during his four seasons with the Giants. He also mentioned that Rolle is the first defensive player to win the award.
“I am extremely honored, I am overly ecstatic,” said Rolle. “I am fully aware of the site BBI, my family is. And I’m not too crazy about blogs, you have to a little on the edgy side. We thank you on behalf myself and the New York Giants for being such a great supporter… Win, lose, or draw, we know you guys are always there.”
“The best is yet to come,” said Rolle. “We are looking forward to a lot of great things this year… I am extremely excited about this year, extremely excited about your site.”
A list of previous award winners is available in the BBI Giant of the Year section of the website.