AFL Awards

Positional and League Players of the Year named

The Arena Football League has announced that Albany Empire quarterback Tommy Grady has been named 2018 Offensive Player of the Year. Grady becomes the fifth player to win the award twice in his career (Eddie Brown, Damian Harrell, Chris Jackson, and Aaron Garcia)

Grady (6’7, 245, Utah) finished the 2018 regular season completing 228-of-341 passes for 2,960 yards, six interceptions, and 81 passing TDs. Grady led the League in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and pass efficiency (126.2).

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

Tommy Grady

Albany

2017

Randy Hippeard

Tampa Bay

2016

Joe Hills

Jacksonville

2015

Dan Raudabaugh

Philadelphia

2014

Nick Davila

Arizona

2013

Erik Meyer

Spokane

2012

Tommy Grady

Utah

2011

Aaron Garcia

Jacksonville

2010

Chris Greisen

Milwaukee

2008

Chris Jackson

Philadelphia

2007

Siaha Burley

Utah

2006

Damian Harrell

Colorado

2005

Damian Harrell

Colorado

2004

Marcus Nash

Las Vegas

2003

Chris Jackson

Los Angeles

2002

Mark Grieb

San Jose

2001

Aaron Garcia

New York

2000

Mike Horacek

Iowa

1999

Eddie Brown

Albany

1998

Calvin Shexnayder

Arizona

1997

Barry Wagner

Orlando

1996

Eddie Brown

Albany

The Arena Football League has announced that Albany Empire linebacker Terence Moore has been named 2018 Defensive Player of the Year. Moore becomes the second player to win this award in his team’s first season in the AFL (Gabe Nyenhuis, Tulsa).

Moore (6’2, 225, Troy) recorded 68.5 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for-a-loss, 1.5 sacks, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and six interceptions during the Empire’s regular season. The seven-year veteran led the League in interceptions and tied for second in total tackles.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

Terence Moore

Albany

2017

Beau Bell

Philadelphia

2016

Tracy Belton

Philadelphia

2015

Joe Sykes

Jacksonville

2014

Jason Stewart

San Jose

2013

Clevan Thomas

San Jose

2012

Joe Sykes

San Jose

2011

Vic Hall

Chicago

2010

Gabe Nyenhuis

Tulsa

2008

Dennison Robinson

Chicago

2007

Greg White

Orlando

2006

Jerald Brown

Columbus

2005

Silas Demary

Los Angeles

2004

Kenny McEntyre

Orlando

2003

Clevan Thomas

San Jose

2002

Clevan Thomas

San Jose

2001

Kenny McEntyre

Orlando

2000

Kenny McEntyre

Orlando

1999

James Baron

Nashville

1998

Johnnie Harris

Tampa Bay

1997

Tracey Perkins

Tampa Bay

1996

David McLeod

Albany

 

The Arena Football League has announced that Albany Empire offensive lineman Hayworth Hicks has been named 2018 AFL Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Hicks (6’3, 330, Iowa State) started all 12 games for the Empire in 2018 and was a key member of the offensive line that allowed a League-low four sacks in 341 passing attempts (1.2%). Behind that line, the Empire led the League in scoring offense (53.8 points per game) and passing touchdowns (81).

AFL OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

OF THE YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

Hayworth Hicks

Albany

2017

Wayne Tribue

Philadelphia

2016

Jordan Mudge

Arizona

2015

Shannon Breen

Philadelphia

2014

Rich Ranglin

San Jose

2013

Billy Eisenhardt

Arizona

2012

Kyle Young

Arizona

2011

Rich Ranglin

Kansas City

The Arena Football League has announced that Albany Empire defensive lineman Joe Sykes has been named 2018 AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. This is Sykes’ fourth time winning this award.

Sykes (6’4, 285, Southern) started in all 12 games for the Empire in 2018 and tallied 17.5 tackles (13/9) during the regular season.  A disruptive force for the opposing offense, Sykes lead the League with 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

AFL DEFENSIVE LINEMAN

OF THE YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

Joe Sykes

Albany

2017

Khreem Smith

Baltimore

2016

Jake Metz

Philadelphia

2015

Joe Sykes

Jacksonville

2014

James Ruffin

Spokane

2013

Joe Sykes

San Antonio

2012

Joe Sykes

San Jose

2011

Cliff Dukes

Tampa Bay

The Arena Football League has announced that Albany Empire wide receiver Malachi Jones has been named 2018 AFL Receiver of the Year. Jones becomes the first rookie in AFL history to win the award.

Jones (6’3, 215, Appalachian State) appeared in all 12 games for the Empire this season and led the League in reception yards (1,156), receiving yards per game (96.3), and yards per catch (15.0). The rookie ranks second in receiving touchdowns (29) and all-purpose yards (1,196).

AFL RECEIVER OF THE YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

Malachi Jones

Albany

2017

Joe Hills

Tampa Bay

2016

Joe Hills

Jacksonville

2015

Reggie Gray

San Jose

2014

Marco Thomas

Iowa

2013

Adron Tennell

Spokane

2012

Jesse Schmidt

Iowa

2011

Anthony Jones

Dallas

The Arena Football League has announced that Philadelphia Soul defensive back James Romain has been named 2018 AFL Defensive Back of the Year. This marks the third straight year a Soul defensive back has won the award.

Romain (5’11, 175, Delaware State) started in all 12 games for the Soul this season and ranked tied for first in passes defended (19) and second in interceptions (4).  The eight-year veteran tallied 54.0 total tackles as a member of a Soul defensive squad that had the best red zone defense in the League allowing opponents to score only 78% of the time.

AFL DEFENSIVE BACK

OF THE YEAR

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

James Romain

Philadelphia

2017

Dwayne Hollis

Philadelphia

2016

Tracy Belton

Philadelphia

2015

Jeremy Kellem

Arizona

2014

Marquis Floyd

Arizona

2013

Clevan Thomas

San Jose

2012

Kent Richardson

Philadelphia

The Arena Football League has announced that Washington Valor DB Tracy Belton has been named the Al Lucas Hero Jason Foundation Award Winner.

The Al Lucas Hero Jason Foundation Award is presented annually to the player who makes the most significant contribution to both his community and the game of Arena Football. The award was created in honor of Al Lucas, the late Los Angeles Avengers lineman to who believed in both giving back to his community and growing the AFL. The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through education and awareness programs.
Belton (6’0, 185, UMass) is consistently active in all Valor community initiatives in addition to his on-field and locker room leadership. He has spent time with children at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in conjunction with the MSE Foundation and Hope for Henry, sharing Valor gear, playing games, and taking photos. Belton also visited the families of wounded veterans at the Fisher House, sharing stories and making time for photos. His infectious smile and charisma is highlighted in every setting when out in the community. On the field, Belton leads the Valor defense with 31 total tackles, one tackle for-a-loss, six pass breakups, and one forced fumble during the regular season.

Al Lucas Hero Jason Foundation Award

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

2018

Tracy Belton

Washington

2017

The Jason Foundation

2016

Collin Taylor

Cleveland

2015

David Hyland

San Jose

2014

J.J. Raterink

Los Angeles

2013

Nick Davila

Arizona

2012

John Dutton

Cleveland

2011

Kenny McEntyre

Orlando

2008

Mike Brown

Philadelphia

2007

John Dutton

Colorado

2006

Kenny McEntyre

Orlando

2002

Chuck Winters

Detroit

2001

James Baron

Nashville

2000

Michael Baker

Grand Rapids

1999

Latish Kinsler

New Jersey

 

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