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Technically known as the Pro Football Writers of America, this organization purports to be "The official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public."[1] Goals of the organization include improving access to practices and locker rooms, developing working relationships with all teams and ensuring that football writers are treated in a professional manner.[2]

As of 2005 the group consisted of over 300 writers, editors, and columnists who cover pro football. [3]

In keeping with the goals of the organization, PFWA president Dave Elfin filed a complaint with the National Football League (NFL) at Super Bowl XLI, concerning the late arrival of the AFC champion (eventual Super Bowl champion) Indianapolis Colts.[4]

The Pro Football Writers Association issues the following awards: an All-Pro team, an NFL Most Valuable Player Award (since 1975), the Dick McCann Memorial Award, the George S. Halas Courage Award, the Good Guy award, the Horrigan Award, and the Rozelle Award.




All-Pro Team

See: All-Pro#Pro Football Writers Association

NFL Most Valuable Player Award

See: National Football League Most Valuable Player Award#Pro Football Writers Association NFL MVP Award

George S. Halas Courage Award

Note: The George S. Halas Courage Award should not be confused with the Newspaper Enterprise Association's George S. Halas Trophy that was awarded to the NFL defensive player of the year from 1966 to 1996 or the NFL's George Halas Trophy that is awarded to the National Football Conference champion.

The George S. Halas Courage Award is given to the player or coach who has performed with abandon despite injury or personal problems.

In May, 1970, the Halas Award went to Gale Sayers for his comeback from knee surgery to lead the NFL in rushing in 1969.[5] In New York, at the Pro Football Writers Association banquet, Gale Sayers gave an emotional speech that was memorialized in the film Brian's Song. Said Sayers, "You flatter me by giving me this award, but I’ll tell you here and now that I accept it for Brian Piccolo. Brian Piccolo is the man of courage who should receive the George S. Halas Award. I accept it tonight, but I’ll present it to Brian tomorrow. I love Brian Piccolo. And I’d like all of you to love him, too. And tonight, when you hit your knees, ask God to love him, too."[6][7]

Other notable winners of the PFWA Halas Award include Joe Namath[8], Steeler running back Rocky Bleier, Hall of Fame cornerback Jimmy Johnson [9], New York Giant cancer survivor Karl Nelson[10], Hall of Famers Dan Hampton and Joe Montana[11], Denver Broncos guard Mark Schlereth [12], former N.Y. Giant Kerry Collins [13], San Francisco 49ers Garrison Hearst[14] and Bryant Young[15], Carolina coach and former linebacker Sam Mills [16], Dolphins running back Robert Edwards[17], Carolina linebacker Mark Fields[18], Indianapolis Colt Head Coach Tony Dungy,[19] New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees[20].

Good Guy Award

The Good Guy Award is given to the player who best helps the media do its job. Winners have been Jerome Bettis (2004), Tiki Barber (2005), and LaDainian Tomlinson (2006).

Horrigan Award

Dick McCann Memorial Award

The Dick McCann Memorial Award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football. The McCann award is presented annually at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. [21] It is sometimes referred to as the "writer's wing" of the Hall of Fame.[22]

  • 1969 George Strickler, Chicago Tribune
  • 1970 Arthur Daley, New York Times
  • 1971 Joe King, New York World-Telegram and Sun
  • 1972 Lewis Atchison, Washington Star
  • 1973 Dave Brady, Washington Post
  • 1974 Bob Oates, Los Angeles Times
  • 1975 John Steadman, Baltimore News-American
  • 1976 Jack Hand, Associated Press
  • 1977 Art Daley, Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • 1978 Murray Olderman, Newspaper Enterprise Assoc.
  • 1979 Pat Livingson, Pittsburgh Press
  • 1980 Chuck Heaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • 1981 Norm Miller, New York Daily News
  • 1982 Cameron Snyder, Baltimore Morning Sun
  • 1983 Hugh Brown, Philadelphia Bulletin
  • 1984 Larry Felser, Buffalo News
  • 1985 Cooper Rollow, Chicago Tribune
  • 1986 Bill Wallace, New York Times
  • 1987 Jerry Magee, San Diego Union
  • 1988 Gordon Forbes, USA Today
  • 1989 Vito Stellino, Baltimore Sun
  • 1990 Will McDonough, Boston Globe
  • 1991 Dick Connor, Denver Post
  • 1992 Frank Luksa, Dallas Morning News
  • 1993 Ira Miller, San Francisco Chronicle
  • 1994 Don Pierson, Chicago Tribune
  • 1995 Ray Didinger, Philadelphia Daily News
  • 1996 Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated
  • 1997 Bob Roesler, New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • 1998 Dave Anderson, New York Times
  • 1999 Art Spander, Oakland Tribune
  • 2000 Tom McEwen, Tampa Tribune
  • 2001 Len Shapiro, Washington Post
  • 2002 Edwin Pope, Miami Herald
  • 2003 Joel Buchsbaum, Pro Football Weekly
  • 2004 Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
  • 2005 Jerry Green, Detroit News
  • 2006 John McClain, Houston Chronicle
  • 2007 John Clayton,
  • 2008 Len Pasquarelli,
  • 2009 Peter King, Sports Illustrated[1]

Rozelle Award

The Rozelle Award is given to the club public relations department that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media.

Past presidents

See also


  1. ^ "McCann Award Winners, 1969-2009". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-01-02.  


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