We asked our panel of experts and insiders to select their choices for various awards for the 2018 season. We will reveal their answers over the coming days.
Now, let’s take a look at who is the 2018 Chargers Most Inspirational Player:
Ricky Henne – Brandon Mebane
It’s unfathomable to imagine what Brandon Mebane had to go through this season following the premature birth of his daughter, who passed away at seven weeks old in early January. The manner in which he handled the tragedy, and the way he made sure to prioritize his family the entire time, inspired not only everyone in the organization, but those throughout the country. In fact, the Patriots offered a moment of silence prior to the Divisional Round game in a classy moment recognizing all the Mebane family has gone through.
Hayley Elwood – Adrian Phillips
AP’s road through the NFL hasn’t been easy, but when you pause and look back on where he started his five-year career to where he got to at the end of the season, his drive and determination is something to be admired. Phillips signed with the Bolts a couple months after the 2014 Draft and subsequently bounced around between the practice squad and active roster before fully finding his footing the last couple seasons. Before the season began, he told his wife he wanted to be a Pro Bowler/All-Pro. Well, after earning those two honors this season, how can you not be inspired by him?