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Sheldon Rankins wins Jim Finks Media Appreciation Award

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is this year's recipient of the Jim Finks Media Appreciation Award, based on a vote from 27 local media members.

Rankins, a 6-foot-2, 305-pounder out of Louisville, was the team's first-round pick in the 2016 draft, 12th overall. He has started every game this season and has two sacks.

The award is given annually to players who best help the media and fan base through their cooperation and insight.

Previous winners:

2001 OG Wally Williams

2002 WR Joe Horn

2003 K John Carney

2004 TE Ernie Conwell

2005 OT Wayne Gandy

2006 QB Drew Brees

2007 LB Scott Fujita

2008 RB Deuce McAllister

2009 OT Jon Stinchcomb (*Brees won national NFL award)

2010 LB Scott Shanle

2011 S Malcolm Jenkins

2012 OT Zach Strief

2013 LB Junior Galette

2014 OT Zach Strief

2015 S Kenny Vaccaro

2016 WR Willie Snead

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