This is given to an athlete that comes out of complete obscurity, with almost nothing expected of them, and winds up shining on the big stage. Appropriately, it's named after Tom Brady, who was a 6th round pick, a 4th stringer, then a 2nd stringer, then a starter, then a Super Bowl MVP.
And the winner this year is...
Sebastian Vollmer of the Patriots.
The 6' 8" Düsseldorfer was picked 58th overall, and it was believed that SOME DAY he might have a chance to play left-tackle for the Patriots. But when two time Pro Bowler Matt Light went down with injury, Vollmer took advantage of the opportunity and excelled at the position.
He's had some injury woes himself, but has returned. And the left-tackle spot is now his to lose.
The Pats have him under contract for 3 more seasons after this one.