In the 4C section of today’s USA TODAY, Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was named to the “20th Annual All-Joe Team.”
This caps off a big year for the One Man Gang, in which he:
- Was named the 2010 Redskins’ Special Teams Player of the Year
- Was named 2011 Special Teams Captain
- Led the Redskins this season with 21 special teams tackles
- Was nominated as the Redskins’ Walter Payton Man of the Year
- Was given the Media Good Guy Award.
But this latest honor may be the most fitting of all. USA TODAY has honored the unsung Joes of the NFL since 1992. Only players who have never been named to the Pro Bowl during their careers are eligible.
Now he can add an award that highlights the hard-working gridiron grunts that don’t get nearly the accolades that they so richly deserve. While it may sound like a consolation prize, in the realm of blue-collar workers, it’s a badge of honor.
This was his succinct, but accurate bio in the article:
ST: Lorenzo Alexander, Redskins – Captain of special teams led unit with 21 tackles. One of the game’s good guys, he’s played tight end, linebacker and on both lines in his career.
Here are some Alexander highlights compiled by his agent, in an effort to get him Pro Bowl votes. Very impressive work:
The Redskins have taken on a distinctly blue-collar appeal in recent years, as this is the third consecutive year that a players has been named to the team. Last year, receiver Anthony Armstrong was named to the team after rising from the ranks of the Intense Football League. In 2009, defensive end Andre Carter was given the nod for his ability to defend against the pass and run.
Congratulations, Lorenzo and keep up the good work!