The Dolphins announced this morning that running back Jay Ajayi won the Dan Marino Most Valuable Player award, as voted on by the South Florida media and members of the organization.
No one would have predicted that when Ajayi lost his starting job late in the preseason and was left home from the trip to Seattle for the opener. He snapped back, though, and asserted himself as one of the best runners in the league.
Ajayi broke out with 204 yards against the Steelers in Week 6 and followed it with 214 and 111 the next two games. He came back with a 206-yard game against the Bills late in the year.
He finished with 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns after getting just 49 carries his rookie year. His rushing total this season was the third-highest in franchise history.
Miami also announced three other awards that are selected by the team. Defensive end Cameron Wake won the Don Shula Leadership Award for the third time in his career, joining Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor as the only Dolphins to get it at least three times. Wake also got the Ed Block Courage Award, an honor handed out on all 32 teams. Wake came off a ruptured Achilles tendon to put up 8.5 sacks and earn a starting spot in the Pro Bowl. Both of Wake’s awards were voted on by his teammates.
The Miami Dolphins Foundation gave the Nat Moore Community Service Award to receiver Kenny Stills. Beyond exceeding all his 2015 numbers on the field, Stills took part in numerous community events. He hosted a town hall with police, coaches and other community members early in the season when he and three teammates came under criticism for protesting during the national anthem. He also helped fund a community tailgate, participated in a Broward County Sheriff’s Office program, visited schools and hospitals on the team off day and worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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