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DeForest Buckner voted team MVP as 49ers announce awards for 2019 season

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With the 2020 NFL offseason now kicking into gear, the 49ers announced their team awards on Wednesday for the organization's remarkable 2019 season.

Tight end George Kittle wins the Len Eshmont Award, which goes to the player who "best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play" of former 49er Len Eshmont. Recent winners include DeForest Buckner (2018), Marquise Goodwin (2017), and Colin Kaepernick (2016). Kittle's unstoppable energy has been on full display throughout his tenure in San Francisco.

The Bill Walsh Award -- given to the team's most valuable player (voted on by only coaches) -- goes to Buckner, who was a second-team All-Pro in 2019 after forcing four fumbles and racking up 7.5 sacks along what arguably was the NFL's best defensive line.

Mike Person wins the Bobb McKittrick Award, given to the offensive lineman who embodies the spirit of the former San Francisco O-line coach, who was a part of each of the franchise's five Super Bowl titles. Person started 14 games and provided some much-needed versatility as the Niners dealt with injuries to tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey.

 

Kwon Alexander brings home the Hazeltine Iron Man Award, given to the most courageous and inspired defensive player each season. Alexander was one of the most important acquisitions for the 49ers this past offseason and worked extremely hard to come back quickly from a torn pectoral muscle suffered during the season. 

The Thomas Herrion Memorial Award ends up in the hands of Dre Greenlaw, who perfectly fits the description as a player who "has taken advantage of every opportunity, turned it into a positive situation and made their dream turn into a reality." Greenlaw surprised many by having an impactful rookie season after being a fifth-round pick, including making arguably the most important play of San Francisco's season in the Week 17 win in Seattle.

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Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas wins the Ed Block Courage Award, as the former No. 3 overall pick provided valuable depth along the defensive line and "exemplified a commitment to sportsmanship and courage."

Finally, the 49ers Unity Award goes to center Ben Garland. The Air Force veteran also filled in admirably on the Niners' offensive line this season, and wins the award as the current player who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting unity and giving back to the local community."