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Chiefs honor Succop as top team rookie

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop talks with reporters during a news conference at rookie football camp at the team's football practice facility in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, May 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop talks with reporters during a news conference at rookie football camp at the team's football practice facility in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, May 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Former South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop was named the top rookie for Kansas City Chiefs, it was announced Tuesday.

Succop earned the Mack Lee Hill Award winner, as voted on by the Kansas City Chiefs players. The honor goes to the Chiefs' rookie or first-year player who bestexemplifies the spirit of the late Mack Lee Hill, who passed away during his second season with the Chiefs in 1965.

Succop, a seventh-round pick from the Gamecocks, made 25 of his 29 field goal attempts. His success rate of 86.2 percent tied for the best by a first-year kicker since the NFL began keeping such records in 1970.

Succop will receive the award at the 40th Annual 101 Banquet, which will be held on March 6 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City.

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