Warner, Cardinals win awards for accessibility

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Congratulations to Kurt Warner, the Cardinals' public-relations staff and the other recently announced Professional Football Writers of America award winners, including Steelers owner Dan Rooney, Bucs kicker Matt Bryant and Sports Illustrated's Peter King.

Warner won the Good Guy Award in annual voting of PFWA members (I am treasurer of the PFWA and help oversee balloting each year). I can't think of an NFL player more accommodating than Warner. His cooperation has helped fans and reporters gain a better understanding of the game. I'll pass along one small example:

The Cardinals held their final open locker room session of the 2008 season two days after Super Bowl XLIII. Warner spoke with reporters in the locker room beginning at 9:50 a.m., only to be summoned to a team meeting at 10. After the meeting, Warner dropped by the Cardinals' media workroom to apologize for cutting short the previous session. He asked if anyone had additional questions. That is going above and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals' public-relations staff won the Rozelle Award as the department that best helped reporters do their jobs. The Cardinals had finished second to Seattle for the Rozelle Award after the 2007 season.

The Rams and 49ers have also been cooperative, even though 49ers coach Mike Singletary has temporarily restricted access to assistant coaches. This is a good division to cover, in other words.