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Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim awarded Pro Football Talk’s executive of the year

Among the “best of” lists and awards doled out for excelling outliers in professional football, one man is being recognized for his work off the field.

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim has been named NBC Pro Football Talk’s executive of the year.

In just his second year as GM, Keim managed to build one of the deepest — and best — rosters in the NFL that saw the Cardinals to an 11-5 record despite a combined 109 missed starts by 21 different players (five of whom were starters that spent all or part of the season on injured reserve).

His deftness when managing the salary cap and helping put together the Cardinals roster, plus his impeccable relationship with head coach Bruce Arians makes him the best in the business, according to Pro Football Talk.

That, plus Keim’s ability to achieve “the perfect blend of building through the draft and addressing lingering needs through free agency” made him the top choice over other candidates such as Jerry Jones, Ozzie Newsome, Ted Thompson and John Schneider.