Player awards: Special Teams MVP

Posted Jan 11, 2016

Safety Don Carey was named the Yale Lary Special Teams MVP by his teammates.

The Yale Lary Award is presented to the Special Teams Most Valuable Player.

This award is given in honor of Yale Lary, an all-Pro defensive back who was also one of the NFL's greatest punters. While Lary collected 50 career interceptions playing safety for the Lions, he became an even more valuable weapon on Detroit's special teams. Lary won NFL punting titles in 1959, 1961 and 1963, missing in 1962 by just 3.6 inches. Lary played in nine Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

This year's Yale Lary Special Teams MVP Award, as voted by the players, goes to safety Don Carey:

  • Carey led the NFL with 16 special-teams stops according to Pro Football Focus.
  • His special-teams tackle total was the highest for the Lions since John Wendling had 17 in 2011.
  • The Lions punt team allowed 6.1 yards per punt return this season (sixth in the NFL), the club's lowest average since 2002 (4.5 yds).