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January 16, 1987 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Sports Writer
Mike Ditka wrote one. Jim McMahon wrote one. Mike Singletary wrote one. Harry Carson wrote one. Even Neil Lomax wrote one. And now, just when you thought it was safe to go back to the bookstore, Lawrence Taylor has announced that - yes, America - he, too, soon will be coming out in hard-cover. "It's going to be about me," said the New York Giants' Hemingwayesque linebacker of his first literary attempt, which is expected to be on the shelves in August. "It's as simple as that.
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January 11, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Quarterback Randall Cunningham, who directed the Eagles to their first playoff berth since 1981, yesterday was named winner of the Bert Bell Award, sponsored by the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club, as the outstanding NFL player of the year. Cunningham won about 75 percent of the first-place votes in balloting by the Maxwell Club members, Pro Football Writers Association members, Philadelphia-area media members and representatives of all 28 NFL teams. The four-year veteran completed 301 of 560 passes for 3,808 yards - all Eagles single-season records - and was the NFC's 11th-leading rusher with a team-leading 624 yards.
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January 15, 1988 | By Gary Miles, Inquirer Staff Writer
It isn't hard to understand why Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers was named the winner yesterday of the Maxwell Football Club's 29th annual Bert Bell Award as the NFL's most outstanding player. Rice, a three-year veteran wide receiver, caught an NFL-record 22 touchdown passes this season, and he caught a total of 65 passes for 1,078 yards. A first-round draft choice from Mississippi Valley State, Rice already is fourth on the 49ers' career touchdown receiving list and sixth in career receiving yardage.
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January 16, 1987 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
For once, the Bert Bell Award went to someone known for ringing players' bells. Ask Ron Jaworski. He had his chimes rung seven times this season by New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who yesterday was named this season's recipient of the Bert Bell Award by the Maxwell Club. Taylor, a catalyst in the Giants' run to this season's Super Bowl, led the NFL with 20 1/2 sacks - just shy of the NFL record of 22 set by the Jets' Mark Gastineau in 1984. He received 212 of the 502 first-place votes cast by Maxwell Club members and finished with 1,508 points.
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February 23, 1994 | By S. A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 15, 1988 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Three years ago, Jerry Rice was a talented but jittery San Francisco 49ers rookie out of Mississippi Valley State. The 49ers were fresh from a Super Bowl victory over Miami when Rice joined them. Rice had the pass-catching credentials to support the 49ers' decision to make him a first-round draft choice, but he wasn't certain he could be as effective against NFL defenders as he had been playing for the Delta Devils against NCAA Division I-AA opponents. "When I was a rookie, I didn't feel relaxed on the football field," Rice said yesterday from San Francisco after he was announced as the 29th winner of the Bert Bell Award as the NFL's outstanding player in balloting by the Maxwell Club.
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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.  
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January 23, 1991 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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January 4, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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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.  
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January 4, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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February 24, 1999 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 23, 1994 | By S. A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 10, 1992 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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February 20, 1991 | By Bill Conlin, Daily News Sports Columnist
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.
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January 23, 1991 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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February 21, 1990 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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January 18, 1990 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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December 16, 1989 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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