The 28-year-old was honoured at an awards ceremony at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester, last night, and admitted that he was choked up to receive the recognition of his peers.
"I can't remember the last time I cried but I was a little bit teary up there, just seeing the brothers get up and show that respect," PA quotes him as saying.
"I was quite shocked to get the award to be honest.
"It was a nice feeling to be recognised but I accept this award on behalf of my team-matches that have put me in a position to play well, coaches and of course my family."
Greg Inglish and Super League 'Man of Steel' Danny Brough were also up for the award.