Dolphins' Ndamukong Suh wins team's Dan Marino MVP Award
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won the Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino Most Valuable Player Award, the team announced Wednesday. The MVP award is voted on by South Florida media.
Defensive end Cameron Wake earned the Don Shula Leadership Award, center Mike Pouncey earned the Ed Block Courage Award and wide receiver Kenny Stills earned the Nat Moore Community Service Award.
Suh, in his third season with the Dolphins, is a first-time team MVP winner and the first defensive tackle to win the award in franchise history. Suh, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has 45 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two passes defended, 12 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles.
Suh is the 15th defensive player to win the award and the fourth defensive lineman joining Hall of Famer Jason Taylor (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), Adewale Ogunleye (2003) and Wake (2012).
Coach Adam Gase said Suh began his path toward winning the award before organized team activities.
“I just think back to the spring when he came back before OTAs of how he took the young guys and helped those guys develop and get better every day,” Gase said. “He was working with those guys. He had an overall goal to help those guys be factors in the season because he knew for him to be as effective as he needed to be he has to have multiple guys that are playing well with him. And he took a lot of pride in making sure those guys were up to speed. And those guys did a great job of listening to him and taking what he was giving them.
“Once we got in the season it’s just it has to be frustrating for him because every game it’s double team, triple team and he still finds ways to make plays, he still finds ways to create pressure on the quarterback especially in critical situations. I just think of that Oakland game we needed a huge play and that was just straight effort. He’s got three guys on him and somehow wiggles free and you see a guy 320 pounds diving in the air and knocking the ball out and then trying to recover it. He did everything he could this year to try to help us.”
Wake won the Leadership Award for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in his career (2013, 2014, 2016). The Don Shula Leadership Award is voted on by the players and is given to the teammate who exhibits leadership on and off the field.
Pouncey won the Courage Award for the first time. He’s the only center to win the award in franchise history. Players from all 32 teams vote on their own Ed Block Courage Award winner. The recipient symbolizes professionalism, great strength and dedication. The honoree also is a community role model.
Stills is the second player to win the Nat Moore Award in back-to-back seasons, joining Lousaka Polite (2009-10). The Nat Moore Community Service Award is given each year to a Dolphins player recognized for his involvement in the South Florida community. The winner of this award is chosen by the Miami Dolphins Foundation and named after Moore to highlight the commitment the former wide receiver had in the community.