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PFW's Lighthouse Awards 2013

Posted Feb 14, 2014

PFW takes some time to take a peek back and remember the most memorable moments of the 2013 season with our annual Lighthouse Awards.

No one likes the end of the NFL season. As exciting as the Super Bowl can be - especially when the Patriots are involved - it also marks the final meaningful football game for about seven months, and no one enjoys the period of pigskin withdrawal.

Before we crawl in our caves and lament the end of the season that was, we at PFW like to take some time to take a peek back and remember the most memorable moments of the 2013 season with our annual Lighthouse Awards. The following should offer one last glimpse of the Patriots 2013 campaign before we all turn our attention to the offseason and figuring out how we'll spend our Sundays without the NFL.

MVP

Rob Gronkowski
First he was gone and the offense struggled. Then he returned and the team played its best football of the season. Then he was gone again, and soon the offense was back to its struggling ways.

Offensive Player of the Year

Julian Edelman
With Gronkowski out, Edelman proved to be the most consistent performer on offense with 105 catches as Tom Brady's lone option.


Defensive Player of the Year

Aqib Talib
Few Patriots made a bigger impact individually than Talib did when he was healthy. Completely changed the defense with his ability to lock down on opponents' top receivers.

Rookie of the Year

Ryan Allen
Punters don't have the most glamorous job but Allen performed his duties exceptionally well in his first season despite a larger-than-expected workload considering the offense's early struggles.

Offensive Play of the Year

Kenbrell Thompkinsgame-winning TD catch against Saints
The rookie came up with a huge play in the waning seconds when he out-jumped Jabari Greer for Tom Brady's game-winning touchdown pass to beat the Saints.

Defensive Play of the Year

Marquice Cole's "tip pick" against Miami
We're not sure what was more impressive - Devin McCourty's deflection to Cole for the interception or the fact that the two later said Cole screamed for McCourty to tip it to him.

Dante Award

Dante Scarnecchia 
In honor of Dante's retirement we're naming an award for the team's best assistant coach after him. Few have conducted themselves with as much class as Scarnecchia.

Ref-Off II Award

Jets/Panthers
Some iffy decisions by the men in stripes cost the Patriots a chance to win on the road against the Jets and Panthers. The Carolina non-call in particular ranks as one of the all-time worst.

MVK Award

Stephen Gostkowski
It stands to reason the Most Valuable Kicker award goes to Gostkowski for his incredible season, but his fill-in work at punter in the playoffs really put his performance over the top.

Bumper TD Award

James Develin
The fullback broke about 111 tackles on his 2-yard touchdown run in Houston, and few were as excited as former high school fullback Andy Hart.


Pa-triage Award

Injuries
Given the multitude of maladies in New England, Bill Belichick could be forgiven if he confused the locker room with an emergency ward.


LL Cool J Award

Patriots comebacks
Last-second comebacks against Buffalo, New Orleans, Denver and Cleveland kept Patriots fans interested right till the final gun.


Leave 'em Hanging Award

Tom Brady's teammates
He may be the most famous athlete in the world but Brady couldn't get a teammate to give him a high-five all year.


Caught Red-handed Award

Brady's hand
The quarterback's sore hand became a topic of tight scrutiny in the middle of the season, and eventually reports indicated he played through some ligament damage.

Bad to the Bone Award

Danny Amendola
The wideout's groin was described as having torn away from the bone, which doesn't sound too comfortable but earned Amendola plenty of toughness points.

Operation Award

Rob Gronkowski 
No truth to the rumor that Hasbro is planning an updated version of the '80s children's game using Gronk (and his many surgeries) as the model.


2014 Appetizer Award

Jamie Collins
The rookie showed signs of better things to come with his terrific performances down the stretch and in the playoffs.


No Running Award

Sealver Siliga 
After being promoted from the practice squad Siliga plugged the hole in the middle of the defense and helped the Patriots run defense improve dramatically down the stretch.

Good Neighbor Award

Greg Schiano
Belichick's buddy Schiano did the Patriots a huge favor by dealing LeGarrette Blount to New England for Jeff Demps. Blount responded by carrying the running game late in the season.

Fantasy Camp Award

Tim Tebow
With no other options Tebow spent his summer in Foxborough, and like those overmatched fantasy campers he didn't last long.


Worthy Successor Award

Bob Socci
Bob proved to be an excellent replacement for long-time radio voice and legend Gil Santos on the Patriots Radio Network.


Colorful Commentary Award

Scott Zolak
Speaking of Patriots radio, how did Bob put up with Zolak's "quirks" all year? Unicorns? Show ponies? Where's the beef?


If You Don't Like the Weather Award

Patriots
New England's weather is famously unpredictable and the Patriots experienced just about everything this season from bitter cold, heavy wind and rain to intense heat.

Vince You've Been Gone Award

Coach Wilfork
Big Vince went down with an Achilles injury in Week 4 but that didn't mean he was forgotten. Wilfork served as a mentor to the young defensive tackles the rest of the way and provided plenty of inspiration.

Amtrak Award

LeGarrette Blount
Once the big fella got rolling there wasn't much opposing defenses – particularly defensive backs – could do to stop him.


Hit Man Award

Wes Welker/Bill Belichick
Welker's takeout of Talib in the AFC title game certainly got the coach's attention. Whether it was deliberate or not is debatable, but the coach's views are not.

Knight Moves Award

Rutgers Patriots
With as many as eight Rutgers players on the roster during the summer, the Patriots may as well have opened a satellite campus in Foxborough.


Field Trip Award

Lone Survivor
The Patriots ended the bye week before the Colts playoff game by taking in a screening of "Lone Survivor" alongside its star Mark Wahlberg.


Round Mound of Bad Sound Award

Charles Barkley
Basketball Hall of Famer Barkley was a guest of the Krafts at the Colts playoff game and after the win proceeded to explain to the media how the Patriots, um, wouldn't be very good when Belichick and Brady leave.

Satisfaction Award

Aqib Talib
The corner's reaction following his game-clinching pass defense in the end zone against Atlanta said it all.

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