The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced Monday that Mike Daniels will be honored with the Hall’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ award, presented by Miller Coors, and Damarious Randall will be honored with the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award, presented by Ariens, at the 46th Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.
Former players Chad Clifton and Nick Collins, and former broadcaster Russ Winnie will become the newest members of the Hall at the banquet, to be held the evening of July 23, 2016, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Daniels authored another impressive season in 2015, leading the defensive line with 66 tackles (40 solo), four sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. A destructive force constantly challenging opposing offenses, Daniels has remained a prominent part of the rotation on the defensive line for the last several years. In his young career, Daniels has seen his playing time and production steadily increase, playing in each game since the start of the 2013 season, and recording 16 sacks in that time frame, which is tied for No. 8 among NFL defensive tackles over that span.
Daniels also has led the Packers’ defensive line in both tackles and sacks each of the last two seasons, during which he also started in all 32 games. In 2015, Daniels was named as a Pro Bowl alternate for the first time in his career, earning recognition for a season in which he returned his first career interception 23 yards, the longest by a Green Bay defensive tackle on an interception. Daniels also started both postseason contests in 2015 and made his presence known, posting five tackles (two solo), a sack, three QB hits, five pressures and a pass defensed.
Randall, a first-round (No. 30 overall) selection in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Arizona State, burst onto the scene last season, leading the Packers in passes defensed, with 16, and tying for the team lead with three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Randall was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November, joining CB Casey Hayward (Oct. 2012) as the only Green Bay defensive backs to win the award.
Tied for No. 2 among NFL rookies in interceptions in 2015, Randall also posted 59 tackles (50 solo) over the course of the season. He played in 15 games and saw his playing time increase throughout the season, earning nine starts in the final 12 games, and in both playoff games. In the Packers-Cowboys game in Week 14, Randall also helped limit Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant to just one catch for 9 yards, the two-time Pro Bowler’s lowest yardage output in a game since Nov. 25, 2010.
A limited number of tickets for the Banquet, which begins with a cash bar at 4 p.m. with dinner and program to follow at 6:30 p.m., are still available on the Atrium’s North Balcony at $140 each or tables of 10 at $1,400. To purchase tickets, call Holly Borga at 920/965-6986 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. No refunds are available 30 days prior to event.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 11, 2016, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.