Media tap Rice, Jones for awards

Media tap Rice, Jones for awards
December 28, 2012, 4:45 pm
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The votes are in from Baltimore media covering the Ravens this season.

The MVP: Ray Rice.

The Media Good Guy award: Arthur Jones.

Rice hasn't had as good of a statistical season as he had a year ago when he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage with more than 2,000, but he has 1,138 yards and 9 TDs going into Sunday's final regular season game at the Cincinnati Bengals.  Rice also has 478 yards on 61 receptions and 1 TD.

His most memorable play, of course, is converting a 4th-and-29 in a comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers last month. Rice ran for most of it. He caught his only TD as a receiver last week, making a 27-yard dash vs. the New York Giants to help the Ravens (10-5) end a three-game losing streak.

"My job is to go out there and perform but for you to recognize me as the MVP of the team ... it really is a special honor," Rice said Friday. "I appreciate you guys, and even through the ups and downs and highs and lows, for you guys to see through that and vote me MVP it's a humbling feeling."

Jones, a third-year defensive end, has gotten better as his playing time increased when starter Pernell McPhee went down for five games with a leg injury.

Jones was moved inside on occasion, where he prefers to play instead of the edge, and has a career-high 4.5 sacks. He didn't have any sacks prior to this season.

But Jones, the brother of Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, is a go-to guy for media even when things don't go well on the field for the Ravens.

He's always wearing a smile, answers every question and like safety Bernard Pollard, who won the award last year, is highly regarded by all for his genuinely good nature.

One of the highlights of the season for Jones was Week 3 when the Ravens beat his brother, Chandler, and the Patriots 31-30.

"I know that sometimes guys can give you hard times -- not do an interview. I just see myself as being a reflection of my parents and (to) treat everyone with respect," Jones said.