Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn has won the 2016 Korey Stringer Good Guy Award for his cooperation with reporters.
Munnerlyn is the first back-to-back winner, also recognized for the 2015 season, since Daunte Culpepper in 2003 and 2004. Munnerlyn was chosen by the Twin Cities chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.
“It is truly a blessing to receive this award,” Munnerlyn said. “To be back-to-back is like wow. We definitely have some good guys on this team, guys who like talking to the media. I don’t know if they like talking more than me.”
It’s the third time Munnerlyn has earned the recognition, also winning the Carolina PFWA chapter’s award in 2011 with the Panthers. The eighth-year cornerback signed with the Vikings in 2014 as a free agent and has been consistently available during open locker room sessions, regardless of a win or loss.
“Without you guys, a lot of things wouldn’t get out — good and bad,” Munnerlyn said with a smirk.
Munnerlyn, 28, will play the final game Sunday under his current three-year contract. He’s set to be a free agent this spring after earning a $4.2 million base salary this season as the team’s slot cornerback.
Will he be around for the three-peat?
“That’s a tough question,” Munnerlyn said. “Hopefully I’m back around. I want to be here. I feel like I’ve grown up a lot here.”
The Korey Stringer Good Guy Award is named after the late Vikings offensive lineman, who died in 2001.