The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently reposted a column from 2006 about Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, then a star at The Collegiate School (Richmond), becoming the first repeat winner of the paper's Player of the Year award.
Wilson, who threw for 2,004 yards and 33 touchdowns and ran for 1,152 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, asked that the award be given to someone else.
“Toby Desch," Wilson told the Times-Dispatch. "He was my center my sophomore and junior year. “His dad [Chris] died in a plane accident [Dec. 10]. I’m just so proud of Toby. He showed so much courage, so much pride, so much integrity. He just gave the most amazing speech [at the funeral]. He was himself. He didn’t try to be anyone else. I just admire him. I want to give that player-of-the-year award to Toby.”
A similar thing happened this season in New Orleans, though LSU commit and American Family Insurance ALL-USA Offensive Player of the Year Leonard Fournette didn't give his New Orleans Quarterback Club Player of the Year award to a teammate; he gave it to a district rival.