It is named after and awarded by former Western Australian footballer Ross Glendinning, who was the inaugural captain of the West Coast Eagles and is a former Fremantle chairman of selectors. It is voted by Glendinning and a selection of media representatives. Joint medals are presented in the event of more than one player finishing with the equal-highest number of votes.
Fremantle's Paul Hasleby has currently won the medal 4 times, the most by any player.
Round 5, 2003: The five media selectors chose Ashley Sampi as the preferred recipient, but Glendinning overruled them and awarded the medal to Michael Gardiner.
Round 6, 2006: After Fremantle's narrow win, the medal was awarded to Chris Judd of West Coast, which attracted boos from the Fremantle fans in the crowd. Fremantle coach Chris Connolly criticized his club's supporters for the booing.
Round 3, 2007: Michael Braun finishes his acceptance speech with "Let's have a fucking good year". He was fined $5,000 by the AFL, who overruled the $500 penalty given to him by his club.