Chuck Bednarik Award

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Chuck Bednarik Award
Awarded forCollege defensive player of the year
CountryUnited States
Presented byMaxwell Football Club
First award1995
Most recentJordan Davis, Georgia

The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive player in college football as judged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. The award is named for Chuck Bednarik, a former college and professional American football player. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA head college football coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club, and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country. The Maxwell Club is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the presentations are held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Club members are given voting privileges for the award.


Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Year Player Position School Draft Ref
1995 Pat Fitzgerald LB Northwestern Undrafted
1997 Charles Woodson CB Michigan 4th [1]
1998 Dat Nguyen LB Texas A&M 85th
1999 LaVar Arrington LB Penn State 2nd
2000 Dan Morgan LB Miami 11th
2001 Julius Peppers DE North Carolina 2nd
2002 E. J. Henderson LB Maryland 40th
2003 Teddy Lehman LB Oklahoma 37th
2004 David Pollack LB Georgia 17th
2005 Paul Posluszny LB Penn State 34th [2]
2007 Dan Connor LB Penn State 74th
2008 Rey Maualuga LB USC 38th
2009 Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska 2nd
2010 Patrick Peterson CB LSU 5th [3]
2011 Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU 69th [4]
2012 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame 38th [5]
2013 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 13th [6]
2014 Scooby Wright III LB Arizona 250th [7]
2015 Tyler Matakevich LB Temple 246th [8]
2016 Jonathan Allen DT Alabama 17th [9]
2017 Minkah Fitzpatrick CB Alabama 11th [10]
2018 Josh Allen LB Kentucky 7th [11]
2019 Chase Young DE Ohio State 2nd [12]
2020 Zaven Collins LB Tulsa 16th [13]
2021 Jordan Davis DT Georgia 13th

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  • "Chuck Bednarik Award Winners". Sports Reference. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  1. ^ "Manning, Woodson earn football honors". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. December 12, 1997. p. 3C. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Posluszny wins the Bednarik Award". Beaver County Times. December 9, 2005. p. B1. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "LSU's Patrick Peterson wins Chuck Bednarik, Jim Thorpe awards". The Times-Picayune. December 9, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "LSU has big night as college football awards are handed out". USA Today. Associated Press. December 9, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Scheuring, Ian. "Manti Te'o wins Maxwell, Bednarik, Walter Camp player-of-the-year awards". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald Wins Bednarik Award". Associated Press. December 12, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Arizona LB Scooby Wright wins Chuck Bednarik Award". USA Today. Associated Press. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Temple's Tyler Matakevich wins Bednarik Award for defense". USA Today. Associated Press. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "Alabama defensive lineman Allen wins Bednarik Award". Yahoo Sports. Associated Press. December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Minkah Fitzpatrick also takes home Chuck Bednarik Award". December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Conway, Tyler. "Kentucky's Josh Allen Wins 2018 Bednarik Award as Top Defensive Player". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  12. ^ "Chase Young Wins 2019 Chuck Bednarik Award". 12 December 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "Bama players take home several major awards". 8 January 2021.

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