Bert Bell Award

The Bert Bell Award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the player of the year in the National Football League (NFL). The award is named in honor of Bert Bell (1895–1959), commissioner of the NFL and founder of the Maxwell Club. Voters for the Pro Awards are NFL owners, football personnel, head and assistant coaches as well as members of the Maxwell Football Club, national media, and local media.[1] The award consists of a trophy in the form of a statue in the likeness of Bell. The award is presented at the club's annual football banquet.

Bert Bell Award
Given forNFL player of the year
CountryUnited States
Presented byMaxwell Football Club
First award1959
Most recentPatrick Mahomes


Season Player Position Team Ref
1959 Johnny Unitas Quarterback Baltimore Colts [2]
1960 Norman Van Brocklin Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [3]
1961 Paul Hornung Running back Green Bay Packers [4]
1962 Andy Robustelli Defensive end New York Giants [5]
1963 Jim Brown Running back Cleveland Browns [6]
1964 Johnny Unitas (2) Quarterback Baltimore Colts [7]
1965 Pete Retzlaff Tight end Philadelphia Eagles [8]
1966 Don Meredith Quarterback Dallas Cowboys [9]
1967 Johnny Unitas (3) Quarterback Baltimore Colts [10]
1968 Leroy Kelly Running back Cleveland Browns [11]
1969 Roman Gabriel Quarterback Los Angeles Rams [12]
1970 George Blanda Quarterback Oakland Raiders [13]
1971 Roger Staubach Quarterback Dallas Cowboys [14]
1972 Larry Brown Running back Washington Redskins [15]
1973 O.J. Simpson Running back Buffalo Bills [16]
1974 Merlin Olsen Defensive tackle Los Angeles Rams [17]
1975 Fran Tarkenton Quarterback Minnesota Vikings [18]
1976 Ken Stabler Quarterback Oakland Raiders [19]
1977 Bob Griese Quarterback Miami Dolphins [20]
1978 Terry Bradshaw Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers [21]
1979 Earl Campbell Running back Houston Oilers [22]
1980 Ron Jaworski Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [23]
1981 Ken Anderson Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals [24]
1982 Joe Theismann Quarterback Washington Redskins [25]
1983 John Riggins Running back Washington Redskins [26]
1984 Dan Marino Quarterback Miami Dolphins [27]
1985 Walter Payton Running back Chicago Bears [28]
1986 Lawrence Taylor Linebacker New York Giants [29]
1987 Jerry Rice Wide receiver San Francisco 49ers [8]
1988 Randall Cunningham Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [30]
1989 Joe Montana Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [1]
1990 Randall Cunningham (2) Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [31]
1991 Barry Sanders Running back Detroit Lions [32]
1992 Steve Young Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [33]
1993 Emmitt Smith Running back Dallas Cowboys [34]
1994 Steve Young (2) Quarterback San Francisco 49ers [34]
1995 Brett Favre Quarterback Green Bay Packers [34]
1996 Brett Favre (2) Quarterback Green Bay Packers [34]
1997 Barry Sanders (2) Running back Detroit Lions [34]
1998 Randall Cunningham (3) Quarterback Minnesota Vikings [34]
1999 Kurt Warner Quarterback St. Louis Rams [34]
2000 Rich Gannon Quarterback Oakland Raiders [34]
2001 Marshall Faulk Running back St. Louis Rams [34]
2002 Rich Gannon (2) Quarterback Oakland Raiders [34]
2003 Peyton Manning Quarterback Indianapolis Colts [34]
2004 Peyton Manning (2) Quarterback Indianapolis Colts [34]
2005 Shaun Alexander Running back Seattle Seahawks [34]
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson Running back San Diego Chargers [34]
2007 Tom Brady Quarterback New England Patriots [34]
2008 Adrian Peterson Running back Minnesota Vikings [34]
2009 Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints [34]
2010 Michael Vick Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [34]
2011 Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Green Bay Packers [34]
2012 Adrian Peterson (2) Running back Minnesota Vikings [34]
2013 Peyton Manning (3) Quarterback Denver Broncos [34]
2014 J. J. Watt Defensive end Houston Texans [34]
2015 Cam Newton Quarterback Carolina Panthers [35]
2016 Matt Ryan Quarterback Atlanta Falcons [36]
2017 Carson Wentz Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles
2018 Patrick Mahomes Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs

See also


  • "Bert Bell Award Winners". Maxwell Football Club. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  • "Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year) Winners". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  1. ^ a b "Joe Montana Wins Bert Bell Award Handily". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. January 17, 1990. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Unitas Wins Bell Award". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. December 18, 1959. p. 34. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Van Brocklin To Receive Bert Bell Award". Park City Daily News. Associated Press. December 21, 1960. p. 18. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hornung, Ferguson Honored as 'Best'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. February 6, 1962. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Robustelli Says Award Recognition For Linemen". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. February 5, 1963. p. 4-C. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jim Brown to Get Bell Award". The New York Times. United Press International. January 8, 1964. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Unitas, Ressler To Receive Awards". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. December 4, 1964. p. 17. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Bell award goes to Rice". Lakeland Ledger. January 15, 1988. p. 5D. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Maxwell Club Cites Lynch, Meredith". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. January 24, 1967. p. 2B. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Beban, Unitas Win Awards". The Morning Record. Associated Press. December 20, 1967. p. 9. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Simpson, Kelly Win Maxwell Awards". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. December 18, 1968. p. 74. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "Reid, Gabriel Are Top Rated". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. January 20, 1970. p. 8. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "New Award For Blanda". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 18, 1970. p. 21. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  14. ^ "Staubach Wins Bert Bell Award". Ludington Daily News. United Press International. December 23, 1971. p. 6. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  15. ^ Bernstein, Ralph (December 15, 1972). "Redskins' Larry Brown Is Presented Bert Bell Award As Top Gridder Of Year". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. p. 15. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "O.J. Is Two-Timer: Cappolletti, Simpson Maxwell Winners". Observer-Reporter. Associated Press. December 21, 1973. p. B4. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "Joachim, Olsen Get Top Awards". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. December 13, 1974. p. 28. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "Two Small Players Who Became Big Stars Receive Annual Maxwell Club Award". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. December 19, 1975. p. 13. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  19. ^ "Dorsett, Stabler Receive Maxwell, Bert Bell Awards". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. United Press International. January 20, 1977. p. 2-D. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  20. ^ "Griese Named Pro Football's Player Of Year". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. December 16, 1977. p. 1E. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "Fusina, Bradshaw Maxwell Picks". Reading Eagles. Associated Press. December 21, 1978. p. 37. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  22. ^ "Campbell, White capture awards". Gadsden Times. Associated Press. December 20, 1979. p. 23. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  23. ^ "Jaworski Wins Bert Bell Award". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. January 8, 1981. p. 3B. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  24. ^ "Ken Anderson Named Winner Of Maxwell's Bert Bell Award". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. January 20, 1982. p. 39. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  25. ^ "Theismann better doing less". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. January 22, 1983. p. 18. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  26. ^ Lyon, Bill (February 23, 1984). "Riggins: I'm not as good as I was". The Day. p. 28. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  27. ^ "Marino winner of Bert Bell Award". The Evening News. Associated Press. January 11, 1985. p. 3B. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  28. ^ "Payton wins Maxwell Club Bell award". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. January 17, 1986. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  29. ^ "Taylor named Bell Award winner". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. January 16, 1987. p. D4. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  30. ^ "Eagles' QB Cunningham Gets Bell Award". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. January 10, 1989. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  31. ^ "Cunningham wins Maxwell's Award". The Prescott Courier. January 23, 1991. p. 9A. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  32. ^ Rule, Bruce (January 10, 1992). "Sanders, Fontes cop NFL honors". Standard-Speaker. Associated Press. p. 22. Retrieved February 16, 2017 – via
  33. ^ "Sports People: Football; Young Wins Award As N.F.L.'s Top Player". The New York Times. Associated Press. January 15, 1993. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  34. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year) Winners". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  35. ^ Inabinett, Mark (January 24, 2016). "NFL Playoffs: Cam Newton won't put the cart before the horse". The Birmingham News. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  36. ^ Broome, Anthony (January 20, 2017). "Matt Ryan wins Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year Award". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
1962 New York Giants season

The 1962 New York Giants season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League.

Giants quarterback Y. A. Tittle had a breakout season in 1962. Said Cold Hard Football Facts, "It's safe to call Tittle a late bloomer. He enjoyed various degrees of success in his first 14 seasons with three teams in two different pro football leagues. But then in 1962, at the age of 36 and under second-year head coach Allie Sherman, Tittle exploded for a record 33 TD passes to lead the Giants to a 12–2 record."

1964 Baltimore Colts season

The 1964 Baltimore Colts season was the 12th season for the team in the National Football League. The Colts finished the regular season with a record of 12 wins and 2 losses and finished first in the Western Conference. They clinched with three games remaining for the first title since 1959.Baltimore met the Cleveland Browns (10–3–1) of the Eastern Conference in the NFL Championship Game in Cleveland, won by the underdog Browns, 27–0.

1966 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1966 Dallas Cowboys season was the seventh for the franchise in the National Football League. The Cowboys finished the regular season at 10–3–1, their first winning record as a franchise and first Eastern Conference title. They hosted the NFL Championship Game at the Cotton Bowl, but lost to the defending champion Green Bay Packers, who went on to win the first Super Bowl two weeks later.

1970 Oakland Raiders season

The 1970 Oakland Raiders season was the team's 11th season in Oakland. It was also their first season as members of the NFL. The Raiders would ultimately win their fourth consecutive division title (as well as their first AFC West title). They advanced to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Baltimore Colts.

The Raiders' 1970 season is best remembered for a series of clutch performances by veteran placekicker/quarterback George Blanda. Blanda, despite being cut during the 1970 preseason, eventually re-joined the Raiders' roster. His ensuing season (the twenty-first of his professional career) would rank as one of the more dramatic comebacks in sports history. Over a span of five consecutive games, Blanda would come off the bench to spark a series of dramatic rallies. The Raiders went an impressive 4–0–1 over this span.

Blanda's five-game "streak" began on October 25, 1970. In an away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Blanda threw for two touchdowns in relief of an injured Daryle Lamonica. One week later, his 48-yard field goal (with three seconds remaining on the clock) salvaged a 17–17 tie with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. One week later, on November 8, Blanda would come off the bench against the Cleveland Browns. His late touchdown pass (with 1:34 remaining in the game) tied the game at 20–20. He would ultimately kick a 53-yard field goal, as time expired, to give the Raiders a stunning 23–20 victory. The following week, against the Denver Broncos, Blanda again replaced Lamonica in the fourth quarter. His touchdown pass to Fred Biletnikoff, with 2:28 left in the game, gave the Raiders an unlikely 24–19 win. The incredible streak concluded one week later against the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders managed to drive deep into Chargers territory in the game's final seconds. Blanda's last-minute 16-yard field goal would seal a dramatic 20–17 triumph.

Blanda's streak played a huge role in the Raiders' 1970 division title, as the team went a mediocre 4–4–1 in "non-streak" games. Indeed, their final record of 8–4–2 (itself a four-win drop from a 12–1–1 finish in 1969) placed them only one game ahead of the Chiefs at season's end.

The Raiders would ultimately advance to the 1970 AFC Championship Game, where they met the heavily favored 11–2–1 Baltimore Colts. During this game, Blanda again came off the bench in relief of an injured Lamonica. Blanda's solid play (17 of 32 passes for 217 yards, two touchdowns, and a 48-yard field goal) kept the Raiders in the game until the final quarter, when he was intercepted twice. At age 43, Blanda became the oldest quarterback to ever play in a championship game.

Blanda's eye-opening achievements resulted in his winning the Bert Bell Award. Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt quipped that "...this George Blanda is as good as his father, who used to play for Houston." While he never again played a major role at quarterback, Blanda would serve as the Raiders' kicker for five more seasons.

1987 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1987 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 38th year with the National Football League. The 49ers won the division for the second consecutive season, and ended the season as the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The season ended with an upset loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round of the playoffs.

2003 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2003 Indianapolis Colts season was the 51st season for the team in the National Football League and 20th in Indianapolis. The Colts improved on their 10-6 record from 2002, going 12-4 and reached the postseason for the second straight season. After the season, quarterback Peyton Manning was named league MVP along with Steve McNair of Tennessee.

After defeating the Broncos and the Chiefs in the first two rounds, the Colts lost to the New England Patriots in the title game, which saw the first playoff meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. New England would go on to defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. It was the final season seeing the Colts wear their blue facemasks and white shoes.

2004 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2004 Indianapolis Colts season was the 52nd season for the team in the National Football League and 21st in Indianapolis. The 2004 Colts season began with the team trying to maintain or improve on their 12–4 record from 2003, and advance farther into the playoffs. The Colts finished the season 12–4, and defeated the Denver Broncos for the second straight time in the playoffs, but they were halted in the Divisional round by the defending and eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Peyton Manning had one of the best seasons ever by an NFL quarterback, throwing 49 touchdown passes and breaking the previous record of 48 held by Dan Marino. At season's end, Peyton Manning was named the NFL MVP. For the season the Colts set an NFL record with 51 total touchdown passes. The Colts led the NFL with 522 points scored. The Colts tallied more points in the first half of each of their games of the 2004 NFL season (277 points) than seven other NFL teams managed in the entire season.Despite throwing for 49 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning attempted fewer than 500 passes for the first time in his NFL career. Sports statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that Manning had the best-ever season by a quarterback, play-for-play, in 2004.The 2004 Colts are the only team in NFL history to convert five or more passing touchdowns in a game four different times during the regular season.

Andy Robustelli

Andrew Richard Robustelli (December 6, 1925 – May 31, 2011) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants. He played college football at Arnold College and was drafted in the nineteenth round of the 1951 NFL Draft. Robustelli was a six-time First-team All-pro selection and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

Bell Awards

Bell Awards may refer to:

Australian Jazz Bell Awards - music awards for the jazz music genre in Australia.

Bell Awards for Publishing Excellence - an Australian Publishing Industry award list.

Bert Bell Award - for the Professional American football Player of the Year.

Grand Bell Awards - film awards presented in South Korea

John Riggins

Robert John Riggins (born August 4, 1949), nicknamed "The Diesel" and "Riggo", is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins. He was known for his powerful running style and productivity well into the latter years of his career; in 1983 at age 34, he rushed for an NFL single-season record 24 touchdowns, and again led the league in rushing touchdowns the following season at age 35. Although he had only one Pro Bowl appearance in his career, Riggins had his greatest success in the postseason, and was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XVII where he scored one touchdown and rushed for 166 yards in a 27-17 win for the Washington Redskins over the Miami Dolphins. Riggins was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Larry Brown (running back)

Lawrence Brown Jr. (born September 19, 1947) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who played running back for the Washington Redskins from 1969 to 1976.

Raised in nearby Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Schenley High School, his original interest being in baseball. He later developed an overriding interest in football and played college football in Kansas at Dodge City Community College and Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Leroy Kelly

Leroy Kelly (born May 20, 1942) is a former American football player. A Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, he played for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League (NFL) from 1964 to 1973.

List of Chicago Bears award winners

The Chicago Bears are an American football franchise currently playing in the National Football League. The following is a list of all the awards the franchise has acquired over its 90-year history.

Maxwell Award

The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the college football player judged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best all-around in the United States. The award is named after Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, a Swarthmore College football player, coach and sportswriter. Johnny Lattner (1952, 1953) and Tim Tebow (2007, 2008) are the only players to have won the award twice. It is the college equivalent of the Bert Bell Award of the National Football League, also given out by the Maxwell Club.

Maxwell Football Club

The Maxwell Football Club (originally called the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia) was established in 1935 to promote safety in the game of American football. Named in honor of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell, legendary college player, official, and sports columnist, the club was founded by his friend Bert Bell, then owner of the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team and later commissioner of the National Football League. The awards are presented during the spring of the following year.As of 2017, the club's president is Mark Dianno, and the club's Chairman is former NFL defensive back Shawn Wooden. The club's headquarters are located in Ambler, Pennsylvania.

Pete Retzlaff

Palmer Edward "Pete" Retzlaff, nicknamed "Pistol Pete" and "The Baron", (born August 21, 1931) is a former professional American football player and general manager.

Pro Football Writers Association NFL Defensive Player of the Year

From 1969 to 1991, the Defensive of the Year award was presented by Pro Football Weekly only. PFW and the Pro Football Writers of America combined their awards in 1992. From 2013 to present the awards were presented by PFWA alone.

Ron Jaworski

Ronald Vincent Jaworski (born March 23, 1951) is a former American football quarterback. He was also an NFL analyst on ESPN. He is the CEO of Ron Jaworski Golf Management, Inc., based out of Blackwood, New Jersey, and manages golf courses in southern New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. He also owns part interest in the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, where he also serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee for the league. Jaworski was nicknamed "Jaws" by Philadelphia 76ers player Doug Collins prior to Super Bowl XV.

UPI NFC Player of the Year

From 1970 to 1996, United Press International (UPI) awarded the NFC Player of the Year award to players from the National Football League's National Football Conference (NFC).

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