DT Nick Fairley named Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player

Posted by ttwentyman on January 11, 2013 – 4:01 pm

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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4 Responses to “DT Nick Fairley named Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player”

  1. By Ben on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Hopefully Suh and Fairley will get in a competition to get more sacks than out new DEs.

  2. By Lance Manly on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Chuck Hughes #85 was retired; only player to have 13 receptions and a retired jersey number.

    Question: How did Tony Scheffler get the #85?

    I know a WR also wore the #85; but he asked permission from the Hughes family.

    Did Tony Scheffler ask for permission to wear the jersey #85?

  3. By Lance Manly on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Chuck Hughes #85 was retired; only player to have 13 receptions and a retired jersey number.

    Question: How did Tony Scheffler get the #85?

    I know a WR also wore the #85; but he asked permission from the Hughes family.

    Did Tony Scheffler ask for permission to wear the jersey #85?

  4. By sm980268 on Jan 11, 2013 | Reply

    Exacly , there will be duel macho competition between Fairly and Suh. Avril is a beast. Hope Avril and Cory williams Resign ( Thats my New Year wish ), Reminds me of the Rhetro duel of Scroggins and Porcher> Lets go D-Line!

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