Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award

The Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award has been awarded by the National Football League Players Association continuously since 1967. The most recent winner, for the 2017 season, is Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles.[1] The award honors work in the community as the NFL player who best served his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron "Whizzer" White, who was a Supreme Court justice, professional American football player, naval officer, and humanitarian. Past winners have included Drew Brees, Warrick Dunn, Gale Sayers, Bart Starr, Archie Manning, Peyton Manning, Troy Vincent, and Ken Houston.[2] Prior to his ascension to the Supreme Court, White had been All-Pro three times (1938, 1940, 1941) and the NFL rushing champion twice (1938 and 1940).

The 2001 recipient, Michael McCrary, was the child in the Supreme Court case Runyon v. McCrary (1976) in which Justice White had participated nearly a quarter of a century before McCrary's award. White had dissented from the position taken by the lawyers for McCrary.


Season Player Position Team
1967 Bart Starr Quarterback Green Bay Packers
1968 Willie Davis Defensive End Green Bay Packers
1969 Eddie Meador Safety Los Angeles Rams
1970 Gale Sayers Running Back Chicago Bears
1971 Kermit Alexander Defensive back Los Angeles Rams
1972 Ray May Linebacker Baltimore Colts
1973 Andy Russell Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
1974 Floyd Little Running Back Denver Broncos
1975 Rocky Bleier Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
1976 Jim Hart Quarterback St. Louis Cardinals
1977 Lyle Alzado Defensive End Denver Broncos
1978 Archie Manning Quarterback New Orleans Saints
1979 Roger Staubach Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
1980 Gene Upshaw Guard Oakland Raiders
1981 Ken Houston Safety Washington Redskins
1982 Franco Harris Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
1983 Doug Dieken Tackle Cleveland Browns
1984 Rolf Benirschke Placekicker San Diego Chargers
1985 Reggie Williams Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
1986 Nat Moore Wide Receiver Miami Dolphins
1987 George Martin Defensive End New York Giants
1988 Deron Cherry Safety Kansas City Chiefs
1989 Mike Singletary Linebacker Chicago Bears
1990 Ozzie Newsome Tight End Cleveland Browns
1991 Mike Kenn Tackle Atlanta Falcons
1992 Reggie White Defensive End Philadelphia Eagles
1993 Nick Lowery Kicker Kansas City Chiefs
1994 Mark Kelso Safety Buffalo Bills
1995 Derrick Thomas Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
1996 Billy Brooks Wide Receiver Indianapolis Colts
1997 Chris Zorich Defensive Tackle Chicago Bears
1998 Hardy Nickerson Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1999 Cris Carter Wide Receiver Minnesota Vikings
2000 Doug Pelfrey Kicker Cincinnati Bengals
2001 Michael McCrary Defensive End Baltimore Ravens
2002 Mark Brunell Quarterback Jacksonville Jaguars
2003 Troy Vincent Cornerback Philadelphia Eagles
2004 Derrick Brooks Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 Peyton Manning Quarterback Indianapolis Colts
2006 Steve McNair Quarterback Tennessee Titans
2007 John Lynch Safety Denver Broncos
2008 Warrick Dunn Running Back Atlanta Falcons
2009 Brian Dawkins Safety Philadelphia Eagles
2010 Nnamdi Asomugha Cornerback Oakland Raiders
2011 Tony Richardson Fullback New York Jets
2012 Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints[3]
2013 Charlie Batch Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers
2014 Anquan Boldin Wide Receiver San Francisco 49ers[2]
2015 Chad Greenway Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
2016 Malcolm Jenkins Safety Philadelphia Eagles
2017 Chris Long Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles
2018 Andrew Whitworth Tackle Los Angeles Rams

See also


  1. ^ Mike Florio, "Chris Long wins NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White award",, February 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Anquan Boldin Named 2014 Byron Whizzer White Winner". National Football League Players Association. March 20, 2014. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Drew Brees Wins 46th Annual Byron Whizzer White Award",, January 21, 2012.
Byron White

Byron Raymond "Whizzer" White (June 8, 1917 – April 15, 2002) was an American lawyer and professional American football player who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1962 to 1993. Born and raised in Colorado, he played college football, basketball, and baseball for the University of Colorado, finishing as the runner up for the Heisman Trophy in 1937. He was selected in the first round of the 1938 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates and led the National Football League in rushing yards in his rookie season. White was admitted to Yale Law School in 1939 and played for the Detroit Lions in the 1940 and 1941 seasons. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer with the United States Navy in the Pacific. After the war, he graduated from Yale and clerked for Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson.

White entered private practice in Denver, Colorado, working primarily as a transactional attorney. He served as the Colorado state chair of John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign and accepted appointment as the United States Deputy Attorney General in 1961. In 1962, President Kennedy successfully nominated White to the Supreme Court, making White the first Supreme Court Justice from Colorado. He retired in 1993 and was succeeded by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. White is the twelfth longest-serving justice in Supreme Court history.

White viewed his own court decisions as based on the facts of each case rather than as representative of a specific legal philosophy. He wrote the majority opinion in cases including Coker v. Georgia, Washington v. Davis and Bowers v. Hardwick. He wrote dissenting opinions in notable cases such as Miranda v. Arizona, Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha, and Roe v. Wade.

Deron Cherry

Deron Leigh Cherry (born September 12, 1959) is a retired professional American football free safety who played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1981 to 1991. Deron was a free safety and punter at Rutgers University. In 1979, he was named the team’s MVP. In 1979 and 1980, Cherry earned AP All-East honors. In 1981, he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, as a free agent punter, but was released in the final cutdown. Cherry rejoined the club in late September as a safety, and made his first interception in October against the Oakland Raiders.

Cherry played high school football at Palmyra High School in Palmyra, New Jersey.Regarded as one of the best free safeties to have ever played the game, he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection from 1983–1988, starting in five of them in his 11 years with the Chiefs. Few other Chiefs players have been selected to this number of Pro Bowls. He had six 100 tackle seasons in his eleven years as a member of the Chiefs, with a career total of 927 tackles. He was a 5 time All-Pro in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1988. He was also a five-time 1st team All-AFC and two time 2nd team All-AFC selection. Cherry's 15 career fumble recoveries place him in a three-way tie for the Chiefs record. He ranks third on the Chiefs list of most interceptions, and is only the 26th player in the history of the NFL to reach the 50 interception plateau. In 1987, he was selected to the Chiefs 25 year All-Time Team.

In 1987, he won the Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award. Prior to receiving this award, he was the Chiefs NFL Man of the Year selection in 1987. This is the most prestigious award given by the NFL Players Association.He is actively involved in several civic organizations, including Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Project Warmth, Score 1 for Health, and the United Negro College Fund.

Throughout the past 25 years Deron has hosted his Celebrity Invitational. This tournament has raised over $3 million to support the children of the Kansas City area. Cherry is a frequent guest speaker at civic, charitable, and corporate events throughout the country.

In 1995, Cherry became a limited ownership partner in one of the NFL’s then-new expansion teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars. This made him the first minority owner of an NFL franchise in the league's history. Cherry is also a managing general partner with United Beverage, a local Anheuser-Busch distributor.

Doug Dieken

Douglas Heye Dieken (born February 12, 1949) is the radio color analyst for gameday broadcasts of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). As an offensive tackle, he played 14 seasons with the Browns.

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List of career achievements by Drew Brees

Drew Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He left college as one of the most decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten Conference history, establishing two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University records. As of 2018, he remains the Big Ten record-holder in several passing categories, including completions (1,026), attempts (1,678), and yards (11,792).

Brees holds the NFL records for career pass completions, career completion percentage, career passing yards, and is 2nd in career passing touchdowns. In 2012, he broke Johnny Unitas' long-standing record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He has passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times—no other NFL quarterback has done so more than once. He has led the NFL in passing yards a record seven times and in passing touchdowns a record-tying four times. He was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the [[Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award

|Offensive Player of the Year]] in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Sports Illustrated named Brees its 2010 Sportsman of the Year. Brees is one of three QBs to beat all 32 teams.

Michael McCrary

Michael Curtis McCrary (born July 7, 1970) is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Baltimore Ravens for ten seasons in the NFL between 1993 and 2002. McCrary was a two time Pro Bowler in 1998 and 1999. McCrary was inducted to the Ravens' Ring of Honor in 2004. McCrary is now doing commentary for the Ravens on WBAL-AM.

Nick Lowery

Dominic Gerald Lowery (born May 27, 1956), nicknamed Nick the Kick, is a former American football placekicker for the New England Patriots (1978), the Kansas City Chiefs (1980–1993), and New York Jets (1994–1996). Lowery was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was ranked first in field goal percentage and also had the most field goals in NFL history. As of 2018 he was 16th on the National Football League's list of all-time scoring leaders, and is the Chiefs' all-time leading scorer, with 1,466 points in his 14 seasons with the club.

Nick grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended St. Albans School where he was a star football player.

He attended Dartmouth College. He has an M.P.A from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, the first pro athlete to graduate from there.

In 2009 Lowery was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.

Ozzie Newsome

Ozzie Newsome Jr. (born March 16, 1956) is a former American football tight end for the Cleveland Browns, as well as a former general manager of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). Newsome was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame (1994) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1999).

Reggie Williams (linebacker)

Reginald Williams (born September 19, 1954) is a former professional American football player. He is a member of the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame, the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Williams served three years on the Cincinnati City Council.

Runyon v. McCrary

Runyon v. McCrary, 427 U.S. 160 (1976), was a case heard before the United States Supreme Court, which held that federal law prohibited private schools from discriminating on the basis of race. Dissenting Justice Byron White argued that the legislative history of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (popularly known as the "Ku Klux Klan Act") indicated that the Act was not designed to prohibit private racial discrimination, but only state-sponsored racial discrimination (as had been held in the Civil Rights Cases of 1883).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a professional American football franchise based in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers currently compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the National Football Conference (NFC) South division. Along with the Seattle Seahawks, the team joined the NFL in 1976 as an expansion team. The Bucs played their first season in the American Football Conference (AFC) West division as part of the 1976 expansion plan, whereby each new franchise would play every other franchise over the first two years. After the season, the club switched conferences with the Seahawks and became a member of the NFC Central division. During the 2002 league realignment, the Bucs joined three former NFC West teams to form the NFC South. The club is owned by the Glazer family, and plays its home games at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The Buccaneers are the first post-merger expansion team to win a division title, win a playoff game, and to host and play in a conference championship game; all three accomplishments occurred during the 1979 season. They are also the first team since the merger to complete a winning season when starting 10 or more rookies, which happened in the 2010 season. In 1976 and 1977, the Buccaneers lost their first 26 games. They would not win their first game in franchise history until Week 13, of 14, in 1977. After a brief winning era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the team suffered through 14 consecutive losing seasons. Then, for a 10-year period, they were consistent playoff contenders and won Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the 2002 season, but have not yet returned to the Super Bowl; thus the Bucs, along with the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, are the only NFL teams to win their lone Super Bowl appearance.

As of the end of 2018 NFL season, the Buccaneers have played 43 seasons and compiled an overall record of 266–424–1, with a regular-season record of 255–404–1 and a playoff record of 6–9.

Theodore Roosevelt Award

The Theodore Roosevelt Award is the highest honor the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) may confer on an individual. The award is awarded annually to a graduate from an NCAA member institution who earned a varsity letter in college for participation in intercollegiate athletics, and who ultimately became a distinguished citizen of national reputation based on outstanding life accomplishment. Each awardee, by personal example, is said to exemplify the ideals and purposes to which collegiate athletics are dedicated.

The award, nicknamed "The Teddy," is named after U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, whose concern for the conduct of intercollegiate athletes and athletic programs led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906. Past winners include four former Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1967), Gerald R. Ford (1975), George H.W. Bush (1986), and Ronald Reagan (1990).

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