By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post contributor
On Monday the Champions Indoor Football League announced its 2021 season awards and of the 14 awards handed out, the Salina Liberty brought home five.
The 2021 MVP award was given to Liberty running back Tracy Brooks, who made an impact on every facet of the game this season.
Brooks finished his campaign leading the league in rushing yards per game and in total rushing touchdowns with 18. He hauled in two touchdowns through the air and racked up 250 receiving yards in addition to 319 yards on kick returns. Brooks also acted as a defensive fill-in throughout the 2021 season.
Liberty kicker Jimmy Allen collected the Special Teams Player of the Year award after giving Salina a massive boost in the kicking game week in and week out.
Allen wrapped up his season making a league-best 86% of his extra points and contributed a staggering 92 points to Salina's 2021 campaign.
After one of the most explosive starts to a season, Tyrie Adams was named Offensive Rookie of the Year, an award that is made all the more impressive by the fact that Adams played in just nine games as a result of an injury.
In those nine games, however, Adams looked unstoppable, completing 70% of his passes for just under 1,000 yards, 25 touchdowns, and just three interceptions.
Adams also worked his magic on the ground, racking up 145 yards and six touchdowns, and even hauled one in through the air for good measure.
After resurrecting the Salina Liberty from the ashes and returning to the Champions Bowl for a second consecutive year, the Executive of the Year award was given to Francis Flax, who has worked tirelessly to put together a team that can compete for a title.
The Liberty also took home the award for best community relations, something that will come as little to no surprise to anyone that knows how connected coach Heron O’Neal and the rest of the team and front office is to the Salina community.
While there are many questions ahead for the Salina Liberty, these awards were well earned heading into the 2021 offseason.
For more on the Liberty and the 2022 CIF season, stay tuned to the Salina Post.