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.
|Given for||College football player of the year|
|Presented by||Maxwell Football Club|
|Most recent||Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama|
|Website||The Maxwell Award|
|1949||Leon Hart||Notre Dame|
|1952||Johnny Lattner||Notre Dame|
|1953||Johnny Lattner||Notre Dame|
|1955||Howard Cassady||Ohio State|
|1959||Richie Lucas||Penn State|
|1961||Bob Ferguson||Ohio State|||
|1962||Terry Baker||Oregon State|
|1964||Glenn Ressler||Penn State|||
|1966||Jim Lynch||Notre Dame|||
|1968||O. J. Simpson||USC|||
|1969||Mike Reid||Penn State|||
|1972||Brad Van Pelt||Michigan State|
|1973||John Cappelletti||Penn State|
|1975||Archie Griffin||Ohio State|
|1977||Ross Browner||Notre Dame|
|1978||Chuck Fusina||Penn State|
|1984||Doug Flutie||Boston College|
|1988||Barry Sanders||Oklahoma State|||
|1993||Charlie Ward||Florida State|
|1994||Kerry Collins||Penn State|||
|1995||Eddie George||Ohio State|
|2002||Larry Johnson||Penn State|
|2003||Eli Manning||Ole Miss|
|2006||Brady Quinn||Notre Dame|||
|2012||Manti Te'o||Notre Dame|||
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Maxwell Award winners
College football awards
|Overall media awards|
|Other national player awards|
|Head coaching awards|
|Assistant coaching awards|
|Division I FCS awards|
and versatility awards
|Halls of fame|