Nick Fairley showed why he was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2011 draft this past season for the Detroit Lions.
The second-year defensive tackle was simply dominant at times and was voted the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player by his teammates.
Fairley recorded 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks and forced two fumbled in 13 games. He missed the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury.
He showed flashes of talent during his rookie season in 2011, but a broken foot suffered in training camp lingered throughout the season, preventing him from truly showing what he could do.
This season he proved to be a force. He and Ndamukong Suh have quickly become one of the best defensive-tackle tandems in the league.
The Chuck Hughes Award is presented to the player who, because of hard work and determination, showed significant development and improvement during the past year. This award is given in memory of Chuck Hughes, a Lions’ reserve wide receiver who played two seasons with the Lions (1970-71). Hughes is the only NFL player to have died during action on a football field, having suffered a fatal heart attack during Detroit’s game against Chicago on October 24, 1971.
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