Sakamoto: 49ers’ WR Torrey Smith Named ‘Good Guy Award’ Winner

With the San Francisco 49ers 2015 season coming to an end, it’s now time for annual awards to be rewarded out to those players who achieved great things despite a bleak season. One of those awards is the Garry Niver Good Guy Award.

Last year, former 49ers RB Frank Gore won the award and this year it was newcomer WR Torrey Smith — as the 49ers beat writers including myself voted once again for the annual award.

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The former Baltimore Raven now turned Niner has had a very disappointing season in San Francisco this year as he established career lows in receptions (28), receiving yards (602) and touchdowns (4). However, that did not stop Smith from continuing to be a true professional off the field as he was very media friendly.

A very smart, intelligent, and bright individual, Smith remained calm, cool, and collected when speaking to media immediately following loss after loss. A task easier said than done as no player wants to talk to anyone let alone the media after a disappointing loss, it was nice to see Smith bite the bullet and take one for the team.

With the 49ers trying to bounce back in 2016, they will need to be aggressive in free-agency and target All-Pro talent, as they try to reclaim the NFC West.

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