Dick McCann Memorial Award

The Dick McCann Memorial Award is bestowed annually by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) "for long and distinguished reporting on professional football".[1] The award was created in 1969 and is named for Dick McCann, who was the first director of the Hall of Fame. Presentation of the award is made annually at the Pro Football Hall Enshrinement Ceremony. Prior to 2014, the presentation was made at the Enshrinees Dinner.

The list of McCann Award honorees[2] is sometimes referred to as the "writer's wing" of the Hall of Fame.[3]

Award recipients

Year Awardee Publication
1969 George Strickler Chicago Tribune
1970 Arthur Daley The New York Times
1971 Joe King New York World-Telegram and Sun
1972 Lewis Atchison Washington Star
1973 Dave Brady The Washington Post
1974 Bob Oates Los Angeles Times
1975 John Steadman Baltimore News-American
1976 Jack Hand Associated Press
1977 Art Daley Green Bay Press-Gazette
1978 Murray Olderman Newspaper Enterprise Association
1979 Pat Livingston Pittsburgh Press
1980 Chuck Heaton Cleveland Plain Dealer
1981 Norm Miller New York Daily News
1982 Cameron Snyder Baltimore Morning Sun
1983 Hugh Brown Philadelphia Bulletin
1984 Larry Felser Buffalo News
1985 Cooper Rollow Chicago Tribune
1986 Bill Wallace The New York Times
1987 Jerry Magee San Diego Union
1988 Gordon Forbes USA Today
1989 Vito Stellino Baltimore Sun
1990 Will McDonough Boston Globe
1991 Dick Connor Denver Post
1992 Frank Luksa Dallas Morning News
1993 Ira Miller San Francisco Chronicle
1994 Don Pierson Chicago Tribune
1995 Ray Didinger Philadelphia Daily News
1996 Paul Zimmerman Sports Illustrated
1997 Bob Roesler New Orleans Times-Picayune
1998 Dave Anderson The New York Times
1999 Art Spander Oakland Tribune
2000 Tom McEwen Tampa Tribune
2001 Len Shapiro The Washington Post
2002 Edwin Pope Miami Herald
2003 Joel Buchsbaum Pro Football Weekly
2004 Rick Gosselin Dallas Morning News
2005 Jerry Green Detroit News
2006 John McClain Houston Chronicle
2007 John Clayton ESPN.com
2008 Len Pasquarelli ESPN.com
2009 Peter King Sports Illustrated
2010 Pete Finney New Orleans Times-Picayune
2011 Bob McGinn Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
2012 Tom Kowalski MLive.com[4]
2013 Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune
2014 Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2015 Dave Goldberg Associated Press
2016 Chris Mortensen ESPN.com[5]
2017 Ed Werder ESPN.com[6]
2018 Charean Williams Pro Football Talk

See also


  1. ^ "McClain honored with 2006 McCann Award". Pro Football Hall of Fame. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  2. ^ "McCann Award Winners, 1969-2010". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-07-15.
  3. ^ "John Clayton bio". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  4. ^ Zaroo, Philip. "Tom Kowalski selected to receive Dick McCann Award by Pro Football Writers Association," MLive.com, Friday, June 22, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2017
  5. ^ Sando, Mike. "ESPN's Chris Mortensen presented with Dick McCann Award," ESPN.com, Saturday, August 6, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2017
  6. ^ "Ed Werder Selected As PFWA's 2017 Dick McCann Award Winner," Pro Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017
Art Spander

Arthur Melvin Spander is an American sports writer. He is a free-lance columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

In 1999, he was awarded the McCann Award, earning him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in 2007 he was honored with the Masters Major Achievement Award.

Spander began his career as a news writer for United Press International in Los Angeles in 1960, and started writing sports full-time in 1963 for the Santa Monica Outlook where he was the beat writer for the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Dodgers and covered UCLA and USC football and basketball. In 1965 he moved to the San Francisco Chronicle, where he covered golf, football, baseball and basketball. Spander became the lead sports columnist for the San Francisco Examiner in 1979.

Spander has covered 50 consecutive Masters Tournaments, 40 Super Bowls, 47 U.S. Open Golf Tournaments, 36 British Open Golf Tournaments, 33 Wimbledons, 20 US Open tennis and 34 Final Fours. He has also attended 64 consecutive Rose Bowls, initially as a spectator and vendor and the last 54 as a journalist.

In addition to his newspaper work, Spander is a contributor to various sports magazines. He is also a frequent commentator on sports talk radio. Spander had a regular gig on ESPN radio in the late 1990s and is often on the Gary Radnich Show on KNBR 680 in San Francisco.

He has also written or co-authored three books:

"Golf The Passion and The Challenge" with Mark Mulvoy, 1977; "The Art Spander Collection", forward by Al Michaels, 1989, Taylor Publishing; and "Keeping On Course, Golf Tips on Avoiding the Sandtraps of Today's Business World" with Gary Shemano, 1997 McGraw-Hill.

Spander recently wrote the foreword for "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Los Angeles Lakers: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Los Angeles Lakers History", written by Steve Travers, 2007, Triumph Books.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, Spander is a graduate of Dorsey High School and UCLA. Spander and his wife Liz reside in Piedmont, Calif. He has two daughters, Wendy, a publicist for Electronic Arts, and Debbie, a sports and entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles.

Cameron Snyder

Cameron Crockett Snyder (October 9, 1916 – January 29, 2010) was an American sportswriter for The Baltimore Sun. He was awarded the Dick McCann Memorial Award in 1982.

Chuck Heaton

Charles "Chuck" Heaton Jr. (August 22, 1917 – February 14, 2008) was an American sports news columnist, journalist, commentator, and reporter.

He worked for 50 years as a sportswriter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. He was also the father of actress Patricia Heaton of Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle. He was also the father of Michael Heaton. Michael is a writer and movie critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and has served for 30 years as the newspaper's "Minister of Culture." Michael is also the author of four books, and is the screenwriter for Hallmark's movie, The Christmas Heart.

Among the many awards he received during his career was the Pro Football Writers Association award for distinguished reporting. After his death from pneumonia at the age of 90, the Press Club in Cleveland established the annual Chuck Heaton Award, given to a print, radio, online or television journalist "who best exemplifies the sensitivity and humility that, along with his journalism heart, were traits exhibited by Chuck Heaton during his exemplary career as a sports writer at The Plain Dealer".

Dave Anderson (sportswriter)

David Poole Anderson (May 6, 1929 – October 4, 2018) was an American sportswriter based in New York City. In 1981 he won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary on sporting events. He was the author of 21 books and more than 350 magazine articles.

Edwin Pope

John Edwin Pope (April 11, 1928 – January 19, 2017) was an American journalist known for his sportswriting at the Miami Herald, where his work appeared from 1956 until his death in 2017. He covered Super Bowl I through Super Bowl XLVII. Some referred to him as "the best writer of sports in America."

Jerry Green (writer)

Jerry Green is an American sports journalist and author. He was a staff writer for the Associated Press from 1956 to 1963 and for The Detroit News from 1963 to 2004. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He is one of four sports writers to cover each of the first 52 Super Bowls from 1967 to 2018.

Jerry Magee

Jerome Field "Jerry" Magee (April 11, 1928 – January 2, 2019) was an American newspaper columnist.

Magee was a sports writer in San Diego for 52 years, retiring from the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2008. He began his career more than five decades earlier at the then-San Diego Union and also wrote for Pro Football Weekly.

John Clayton (sportswriter)

John Travis Clayton (born May 11, 1954) is a National Football League (NFL) writer and former reporter for ESPN. He was also a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Steadman

John Steadman (February 14, 1927 – January 1, 2001) was an American sportswriter for The Baltimore Sun. His career spanned 7 decades and he attended and reported on every Super Bowl from its inception until his death.

Larry Felser

Larry Felser (April 5, 1933 in Buffalo, New York – April 24, 2013 in Amherst, New York) was a sports columnist and writer for the Buffalo Courier-Express and later, The Buffalo Evening News, where he was a football beat writer, a columnist, and rose to the position of Sports Editor. Felser also wrote a column for The Sporting News.

Felser covered every one of the first 37 Super Bowls, until his retirement, and was an impassioned advocate for American Football League players nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, for which he served on the board of selectors. In 1984, he was the youngest writer ever to receive the Dick McCann Memorial Award for long and distinguished reporting of Professional Football. In 2000, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

Felser and NFL Films head Steven Sabol were among only a few people to have been present at every Super Bowl game at the time of their respective deaths.

Len Pasquarelli

Len Pasquarelli is an American sports writer and analyst with The Sports Xchange and a 25-year veteran of covering the National Football League (NFL). The Sports Xchange is a network of professional, accredited reporters and analysts who cover each team or sport full-time.

Prior to joining the Sports Xchange, he wrote for ESPN.com starting in 2001 and was a frequent contributor to the other ESPN outlets, including SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and ESPN The Magazine. Before ESPN, Pasquarelli served as a senior writer for CBS SportsLine.com. He has also covered the NFL for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from 1989 to 1999, the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel from 1985 to 1989, Pro Football Weekly from 1982 to 1985, and Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly from 1978 to 1982.

Pasquarelli is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and has twice won national awards as the Best NFL Reporter of the Year. He also has won several writing awards, including an Associated Press Deadline Sports Reporting Award in 1988.

Pasquarelli has been on the committee that selects inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the annual selection meeting on February 2, 2008, he fell ill and was taken to an area hospital. The following day he had quintuple bypass surgery.

While in rehabilitation for the bypass surgery, he began to experience new symptoms which were later diagnosed as Guillain–Barré syndrome.

Pasquarelli is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pasquarelli's candid writing style has generated controversy at times, particularly his condemnation of the Washington Redskins franchise. He has openly admitted his distaste for the Redskins organization, including former coach Joe Gibbs, to whom he referred derisively as "Ordinary Joe" during his second tenure. Moreover, he has confessed to disliking Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. His speculation that former Redskins safety Sean Taylor was slain on account of his precarious lifestyle sparked additional resentment.

Murray Olderman

Murray Olderman (born March 27, 1922) is an American sports cartoonist and writer. His artwork often accompanied the sports stories he authored. His art also has been used by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and hung above the Hall of Fame busts. Recently, the Hall of Fame made all of the artwork digital so it must be accessed by visitors to the hall through electronic kiosks.

Paul Zimmerman (sportswriter)

Paul Lionel Zimmerman (October 23, 1932 – November 1, 2018) known to readers as "Dr. Z", was an American football sportswriter and former player who wrote for the weekly magazine Sports Illustrated, as well as the magazine's website, SI.com. He is sometimes confused with Paul B. Zimmerman, a sportswriter who covered football for the Los Angeles Times from 1931 to 1968.

Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award

The Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, created in 1989 and named for the late longtime NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle, is bestowed annually by the Pro Football Hall of Fame "for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football". Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame's comparable Ford C. Frick Award, the Rozelle Award has occasionally been granted to broadcast executives and production people in addition to on-air personalities.

Peter King (sportswriter)

Peter King (born June 10, 1957) is an American sportswriter. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1989 to 2018, including the weekly multiple-page column Monday Morning Quarterback. He is the author of five books, including Inside the Helmet. He has been named National Sportswriter of the Year three times.Before coming to Sports Illustrated, King was a writer for The Cincinnati Enquirer from 1980 to 1985 and Newsday from 1985 to 1989.

Since 1992 King has been a member of the Board of Selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2006, he joined Football Night in America, NBC Sports' Sunday night NFL studio show.In May 2018, King announced that he would be ending his 29-year tenure at Sports Illustrated to work for NBC Sports full-time. He continues to publish his long-read column, now titled Football Morning in America.

Pro Football Writers Association

The Pro Football Writers Association (sometimes Pro Football Writers of America) (PFWA) is an organization that purports to be "[the] official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public." Goals of the organization include improving access to practices and locker rooms, developing working relationships with all teams, and ensuring that football writers are treated in a professional manner. As of 2005 the group consisted of over 300 writers, editors, and columnists who cover pro football. ESPN's Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold is the organization’s president for the 2015–17 term.The PFWA issues the following awards: an All-NFL team published by Pro Football Weekly, one NFL Most Valuable Player Award (since 1975), the Dick McCann Memorial Award, the George S. Halas Courage Award, the Good Guy award, the Horrigan Award, and the Rozelle Award.

Ray Didinger

Ray Didinger (born September 18, 1946 in Philadelphia) is an American sportswriter, author, screenwriter, radio personality, and sports commentator, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Writer's Honor Roll).

Tom McEwen (sportswriter)

Thomas Massey "Tom" McEwen (March 16, 1923 – June 5, 2011) was an American sportswriter who was born and spent most of his life in Florida. He was a graduate of the University of Florida, and is best known for being the popular sports editor at The Tampa Tribune daily newspaper in Tampa, Florida from 1962 until 1992. After retiring as editor, he continued to write a regular column and occasional articles for the print version of the Tribune until 2001, then for the online version of the newspaper (tbo.com) until shortly before his death in 2011.McEwen was the sports editor for Tampa's primary newspaper during an era of growth for The Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay area's professional sports profile, and Tampa in general. Some credit McEwen with being among the most influential newspaper sports journalists of his day, affecting major development for local sports and helping to facilitate the establishment of expansion sports franchises in the Tampa Bay area, most notably the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Lightning, and for being a supporter and chronicler of Florida's college sports programs, particularly at the University of Florida and, later, the University of South Florida.

Will McDonough

William "Will" McDonough (July 6, 1935 – January 9, 2003) was an American sportswriter for The Boston Globe who also worked as an on-air football reporter for CBS and NBC.

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