September 27, 2021

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Cardinals Awards For 2020

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Cardinals Awards For 2020

Voter takes: “Rarely is it so obvious! The Hail Mary against the Bills, aptly named the Hail Murray, was so improbable it captured the attention of the NFL and even non-sports fans (are there any?) watched the incredible highlight. Murray had to elude defenders to even be in a position to get the throw off, and when he did, he dropped it right to DeAndre Hopkins in the middle of three Buffalo defenders. Hopkins timed the jump, got his huge hands up, and made an unbelievable catch. A catch for the ages. As Ron Wolfley put it “you can’t cover Nuk” and it was true. He came down with it without any bobble or slip of the grip. Even the players on the sideline couldn’t believe their eyes. It made you think, just for a moment, that anything was possible.” – Jody Jackson, reporter/host

“It’s still unbelievable today to think that really happened.” – Bertrand Berry, former player/radio analyst

“This is arguably the play of the year this whole NFL season, so it’s a no-brainer pick. We had a lot of awesome offensive plays this year, many of them spectacular catches by Hop, but this one was head and shoulders above the rest. Just like Hopkins was, when he basically dunked on three other professional athletes to make the best catch of his career. Game-winning, contested, Hail Mary catch. Easy choice.” – Dan Nettles, broadcast editor/coordinator

“That’s the play of the year in the NFL.” – Luis Hernandez, Spanish radio play-by-play

“Great throw and an unbelievable catch, with Hopkins being draped all over with three players fighting for the ball at its highest point. It should be the NFL’s play of the year…” – Mike Jurecki, digital content coordinator

Beyond the Box Score Player of the Year: LB Dennis Gardeck (18 votes)

Others receiving votes: LT D.J. Humphries (4 votes); Baker (2 votes); Simmons (1 vote); LB Ezekiel Turner (1 vote); DL Zach Allen/Leki Fotu/Rashard Lawrence (1 total vote)

Gardeck’s 2020 statistics: Seven sacks, 11 tackles, fumble recovery