General manager Charley Casserly presented the award to Sharper, who leads the team in tackles (167), sacks (4) and forced fumbles (3). Other nominees for the award were cornerback Aaron Glenn, quarterback David Carr, running back Domanick Davis, guard Zach Wiegert, center Steve McKinney and wide receiver Andre Johnson. Glenn won the award last year.
In addition to Sharper's honor, the Texans also announced the Houston-area winner of the 2003 NFL Community Quarterback Award. This year the award went to Shirley Grimes of the Tamina Community Center. Grimes received a check for $10,000 for the community center from Texans vice chairman Philip Burguières and Joanie Haley, the executive director of the Houston Texans Foundation.
Congrats to Jamie, Shirley and the rest of the nominees!