Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn has been awarded the Tom Berry Good Guy award, the Professional Football Writers Association of America announced Thursday.
Munnerlyn, a third-year cornerback from South Carolina, was a unanimous selection among media members who cover the Panthers on a regular basis.
The award is named for Tom Berry, the longtime Panthers beat writer for the High Point (N.C.) Enterprise. Berry passed away at the start of the 2009 season. The award is designed to honor the player who is most helpful to the media in doing its job.
"Tom Berry was a consummate professional and a true gentleman,’’ said ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas, the NFC South representative on the PFWA’s board of directors. "The members of the Carolina media believed that Captain best represented what Tom stood for. The reporters who cover the Panthers said that, win or lose, Captain is always available and courteous – a true professional, just like Tom.’’
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