Win a football championship and good things keep happening.
Villanova's national-champion football team is the winner of this year's Wanamaker Award. Coach Andy Talley and the team will be honored at a luncheon June 29 in the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room.
In securing their first national football title last season, the Wildcats (14-1) won four playoff games, concluding with a 23-21 victory over top-seeded Montana in the Football Championship Subdivision title game.
"I took a look at the previous Wanamaker winners and thought, 'Wow, we're in some really amazing company,' " Talley said yesterday. "To be recognized in Philadelphia actually is more important than nationally, because Philly has that persona of toughness, hardness, [we] won't accept anything less than a parade. I walk into restaurants and places now, and people come up to me and say, 'You guys were great.' "