There are two sides to Atlanta Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow. One side is the on-field vocal leader who is responsible for making calls on defense before finishing plays with tackles, forced fumbles and more. Atlanta's chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America recognized the other side of Worrilow before the regular season ended. The former Delaware linebacker received the "Good Guy Award" for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs.
Throughout the entire season, win or loss, Worrilow never shied away from the media, including the team's final game of the year against Carolina. Before leaving the locker room, he honored more requests for interviews, leaving each with the same overwhelming message of what he plans to do in the offseason.
"Improve," Worrilow said. "(I'm) focused just on football."
LB Paul Worrilow was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as a college free agent in 2013 and has been one of the leading tacklers for the team.
If this offseason includes work like he's done in the past, Worrilow can again plan to see improved production. After the 2013 season, the undrafted rookie earned 12 starts in 16 games and led the team with 127 tackles.
Worrilow hit the weights and tightened up his nutrition after his rookie campaign, leading to an improved season in 2014. He finished year two in the league with 16 starts, again leading the team in tackles (143) and added three pass breakups, two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Despite the individual success, Worrilow's focus remains unchanged.
"I just look at the things that need to be improved upon," Worrilow said. "I've had ups and downs, good games and then bad games that I can't have. There's a lot that I can improve upon, which I plan to do this offseason."