January 27, 2012
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy were named award winners by the Maxwell Club yesterday. Rodgers is the winner of the 53rd annual Bert Bell Award as the most outstanding pro football player. McCarthy has been named the winner of the 24th annual Earle "Greasy" Neale Award as the NFL's most outstanding coach. The Bell Award was last given to a Packer in 1996, when Brett Favre won the honor. The awards will be presented at the 75th Maxwell Club awards gala at Harrah's Atlantic City on March 2.
January 4, 2008 |
Maxwell Football Club president Ron Jaworski announced yesterday that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had won the 49th annual Bert Bell Award as professional player of the year. Jaworski also announced that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had won the 19th annual Earle "Greasy" Neale Award as professional coach of the year. Brady received 501 first-place votes, 115 second-place votes, and 76 third-place votes for 1,809 points on a 3-2-1 basis. There were 830 first-place votes cast.
February 24, 1999 |
Yesterday was the day Randall Cunningham expected to return in triumph to the city where his NFL career was born. Instead, his visit was bittersweet, painfully reminiscent of a tragic event a decade ago. Cunningham, 35, came to Philadelphia to accept the Bert Bell Award, the Maxwell Club's tribute to the best professional football player in 1998. But he arrived to learn that Chip Myers, 53, the Minnesota Vikings' recently appointed offensive coordinator, had died Monday night of a heart attack.
February 23, 1994 |
The giving of the prestigious Bert Bell Award is usually a quiet, staid affair. It's done in February, when the football season is in remission, and in Philadelphia, far from the glare of the national media. But as is his custom when he visits this city, the latest recipient, Dallas Cowboys superstar running back Emmitt Smith, shattered tradition yesterday. Smith stunned the usually sedate Robert W. Maxwell Football Club by revealing that - despite two straight Super Bowl victories - life is not all laughter and Lombardi trophies back in Dallas.
January 10, 1992 |
The Maxwell Football Club's 1991 Bert Bell Award winner genuinely sounded like a kid wishing he could enjoy the moment longer than a few minutes. Not yesterday. Not this week. Not Barry Sanders. Not with the Detroit Lions still playing football. Not with the Washington Redskins waiting in D.C. "It's a tremendous honor," said Sanders, the Maxwell Club's NFL Player of the Year. "But I kind of have mixed emotions now, because I'm involved in preparing for the biggest game I've ever played, so I guess I can't give it as much attention as I would like to. But it's a tremendous honor, and I still have many fond memories of coming to Philadelphia for the Maxwell banquet when I was in college.
February 20, 1991 |
Randall Cunningham has reached the point where you just pull the string on his back and he will repeat his side of Buddy Ryan's Firing. Just give the string a firm yank and he can read, watch TV, sign autographs or otherwise occupy himself while the words tumble out. The story he has told so often about the events that swirled around the firing of Buddy Ryan after the wild-card loss to the Washington Redskins. So, this was the Maxwell Club awards press conference last night and Randall, winner of the Bert Bell Award as the NFL's top player, was conducting a press conference.
January 23, 1991 |
Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham yesterday was named the NFL player of the year, and the Los Angeles Raiders' Art Shell was named coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club. Cunningham was informed that he was a recipient of the club's Bert Bell Award during a news conference yesterday at the Adam's Mark Hotel by outgoing Maxwell Football Club president Reds Bagnell, who is being succeeded by Skip Minisi, a former Penn all-American. "I'm proud of the award," Cunningham said by phone from Los Angeles.
February 21, 1990 |
The Maxwell Football Club held its 53rd annual awards dinner last night at the Adams Mark Hotel, and everybody who's anybody was there. Well, almost everybody. Bo was there. No, not that Bo. The other Bo. The chubby one who used to coach football in Ann Arbor and lose Rose Bowls in Pasadena. Howard was there. Yes, that Howard. The one with the polysyllabic vocabulary. Cosell was the banquet's guest speaker, and, yes, he is as obnoxious as ever. He warmed up by making a scene at the press conference before the dinner, spending five minutes berating a radio reporter for an innocuous question asked of Maxwell Award winner Anthony Thompson.
January 18, 1990 |
Quarterback Joe Montana received another postseason accolade yesterday when the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia gave him the Bert Bell Award as the outstanding professional player of the year. The success follows Montana's virtuoso performance Sunday, when he completed 26 of 30 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns in leading the San Francisco 49ers past the Los Angeles Rams and into the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos. Selection committee chairman Dick Vermeil, former Philadelphia Eagles coach, announced Montana's selection yesterday at a press conference in the Adams Mark Hotel and said he received 90 percent of the first-place votes cast, a historic high for the 31-year-old award honoring Bert Bell, one of the founders of the NFL and its first commissioner.
December 16, 1989 |
Indiana University running back Anthony Thompson, who set three NCAA records this season, yesterday was named America's Outstanding College Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. At a press gathering in the Adam's Mark Hotel, selection chairman Dick Vermeil said that Thompson had outpointed Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware of the University of Houston 1,398 to 1,245 in the voting for the 53d annual Maxwell Award. Major Harris of West Virginia finished third with 712 points; Blair Thomas of Penn State was fourth with 390, and Tony Rice of Notre Dame was fifth with 389. More than 700 NCAA athletic departments, 500 members of the American Football Writers Association and nearly 1,000 members of the Maxwell Football Club voted.