The Denver Broncos present the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award in honor of the late cornerback, who was tragically killed in a shooting in 2007. This year’s winner is young standout safety Justin Simmons.
“Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons on Friday will be presented with the 11th Annual Darrent Williams Good Guy Award, as selected by the team’s local media,” the team announced on its official website. “The award is given annually to the Bronco who best exemplifies Williams’ enthusiasm, cooperation and honesty while dealing with members of the press.”
Others in consideration were nose tackle Domata Peko and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The team reported that the vote was “one of the closest votes since the inception of the award.” However, defenders have always taken home the honor, and Simmons is the 11th in a row to hold up that tradition.
“In what has been a difficult season on the field for the Broncos, Justin was repeatedly commended for the quality of his answers to often tough questions and his willingness to step forward after both good and bad days for the team,” said ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “He is the youngest player to win the award and consistently showed the same accountability with all facets of the job as Darrent did at a similar age.”
Williams had only been with the Broncos for two seasons when he was killed. He was a standout defender in that short time, though, starting 23 of 27 games, snagging 6 interceptions for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns, forcing a pair of fumbles, recovering four fumbles, and recording 139 total tackles and a sack.