Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award

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The Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award has been awarded by the National Football League Players Association continuously since 1966. The most recent winner, for the 2013 season, is Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers. 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 included Drew Brees, Warrick Dunn, Gale Sayers, Bart Starr, Archie Manning, Peyton Manning, Troy Vincent, and Ken Houston.[1] 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 2000 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 ironically dissented from the position taken by the lawyers for McCrary.

Winners[edit]

Season Player Position Team
1966 Bart Starr Quarterback Green Bay Packers
1967 Willie Davis Defensive End Green Bay Packers
1968 Eddie Meador Safety Los Angeles Rams
1969 Gale Sayers Running Back Chicago Bears
1970 Kermit Alexander Defensive back Los Angeles Rams
1971 Ray May Linebacker Baltimore Colts
1972 Andy Russell Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
1973 Floyd Little Running Back Denver Broncos
1974 Rocky Bleier Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
1975 Jim Hart Quarterback St. Louis Cardinals
1976 Lyle Alzado Defensive End Denver Broncos
1977 Archie Manning Quarterback New Orleans Saints
1978 Roger Staubach Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
1979 Gene Upshaw Guard Oakland Raiders
1980 Ken Houston Safety Washington Redskins
1981 Franco Harris Running Back Pittsburgh Steelers
1982 Doug Dieken Tackle Cleveland Browns
1983 Rolf Benirschke Placekicker San Diego Chargers
1984 Reggie Williams Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
1985 Nat Moore Wide Receiver Miami Dolphins
1986 George Martin Defensive End New York Giants
1987 Deron Cherry Safety Kansas City Chiefs
1988 Mike Singletary Linebacker Chicago Bears
1989 Ozzie Newsome Tight End Cleveland Browns
1990 Mike Kenn Tackle Atlanta Falcons
1991 Reggie White Defensive End Philadelphia Eagles
1992 Nick Lowery Kicker Kansas City Chiefs
1993 Mark Kelso Safety Buffalo Bills
1994 Derrick Thomas Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
1995 Billy Brooks Wide Receiver Indianapolis Colts
1996 Chris Zorich Defensive Tackle Chicago Bears
1997 Hardy Nickerson Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1998 Cris Carter Wide Receiver Minnesota Vikings
1999 Doug Pelfrey Kicker Cincinnati Bengals
2000 Michael McCrary Defensive End Baltimore Ravens
2001 Mark Brunell Quarterback Jacksonville Jaguars
2002 Troy Vincent Cornerback Philadelphia Eagles
2003 Derrick Brooks Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2004 Peyton Manning Quarterback Indianapolis Colts
2005 Steve McNair Quarterback Tennessee Titans
2006 John Lynch Safety Denver Broncos
2007 Warrick Dunn Running Back Atlanta Falcons
2008 Brian Dawkins Safety Philadelphia Eagles
2009 Nnamdi Asomugha Cornerback Oakland Raiders
2010 Tony Richardson Fullback New York Jets
2011 Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints[2]
2012 Charlie Batch Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers
2013 Anquan Boldin Wide Receiver San Francisco 49ers[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Drew Brees Wins 46th Annual Byron Whizzer White Award", NFLPlayers.com, January 21, 2012.