Bruce Arians has proven to be an impressive coach and a media darling during his tenure with the Cardinals, and now he's received an award for both.
Coming on the heels of his Pro Football Writers Association Coach of the Year award in January, Arians was named the 2015 Jack Horrigan Award winner on Thursday. The honor is given by the PFWA each year to the league or club official whose
qualities and professional style helps the pro football writers do their job.
"My approach to the press has always been simple: respect the job they have, be yourself and have fun with it," Arians said. "I try not to make it more complicated than that."
Arians was recognized for his accessibility, enthusiasm and cooperation with the media covering the Cardinals on a daily basis.
"It's no secret why Bruce Arians draws a big media crowd at the combine, owners' meetings and his almost-daily news conferences during the season," said Kent Somers, the Cardinals beat writer for the Arizona Republic. "He's honest, funny and opinionated. He recognizes, and more importantly, respects that reporters have a job to do, too. He's not going to divulge state secrets, but he does far more than required when it comes to providing thoughtful answers and sharing his knowledge and experiences."
Arians is the first member of the Cardinals organization to receive the honor from the PFWA. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll earned the award last season, while media-friendly coaches like Rex Ryan, Tony Dungy and Jeff Fisher have been selected in the past.
The award was named for Horrigan, who was a sportswriter for UPI and the Buffalo Evening News, the public relations director of the American Football League and the vice president of public relations for the Buffalo Bills.
Arians also was named Coach of the Year in January at the NFL Honors for his work in 2014.
Images of coach Bruce Arians, who received a contract extension on Monday