Bert Bell Award

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Bert Bell Award
Awarded for NFL player of the year
Country United States
Presented by Maxwell Football Club
First awarded 1959
Currently held by Cam Newton
Official website Bert Bell Award

The Bert Bell Award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the American football player of the year in the National Football League (NFL). The award is named in honor of Bert Bell (1895–1959), commissioner of the NFL and founder of the Maxwell Club. Voters for the Pro Awards are NFL owners, football personnel, head and assistant coaches as well as members of the Maxwell Football Club, national media, both electronic and print, and local media. The award consists of a trophy in the form of a statue in the likeness of Bell. The award is presented at the club's annual football banquet.

Winners[edit]

Season Player Position Team Ref
1959 Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas Quarterback Baltimore Colts [1]
1960 Van Brocklin, NormanNorman Van Brocklin Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [2]
1961 Hornung, PaulPaul Hornung Running back Green Bay Packers [3]
1962 Robustelli, AndyAndy Robustelli Defensive end New York Giants [4]
1963 Brown, JimJim Brown Running back Cleveland Browns [5]
1964 Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas (2) Quarterback Baltimore Colts [6]
1965 Retzlaff, PetePete Retzlaff Tight end Philadelphia Eagles [7]
1966 Meredith, DonDon Meredith Quarterback Dallas Cowboys [8]
1967 Unitas, JohnnyJohnny Unitas (3) Quarterback Baltimore Colts [9]
1968 Kelly, LeroyLeroy Kelly Running back Cleveland Browns [10]
1969 Gabriel, RomanRoman Gabriel Quarterback Los Angeles Rams [11]
1970 Blanda, GeorgeGeorge Blanda Quarterback Oakland Raiders [12]
1971 Staubach, RogerRoger Staubach Quarterback Dallas Cowboys [13]
1972 Brown, LarryLarry Brown Running back Washington Redskins [14]
1973 Simpson, O.J.O.J. Simpson Running back Buffalo Bills [15]
1974 Olsen, MerlinMerlin Olsen Defensive tackle Los Angeles Rams [16]
1975 Tarkenton, FranFran Tarkenton Quarterback Minnesota Vikings [17]
1976 Stabler, KenKen Stabler Quarterback Oakland Raiders [18]
1977 Griese, BobBob Griese Quarterback Miami Dolphins [19]
1978 Bradshaw, TerryTerry Bradshaw Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers [20]
1979 Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell Running back Houston Oilers [21]
1980 Jaworski, RonRon Jaworski Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles [22]
1981 Anderson, KenKen Anderson Quarterback Cincinnati Bengals [23]
1982 Joe Theismann Quarterback Washington Redskins [24]
1983 John Riggins Running back Washington Redskins [25]
1984 Dan Marino Quarterback Miami Dolphins [26]
1985 Walter Payton Running back Chicago Bears [27]
1986 Lawrence Taylor Linebacker New York Giants [28]
1987 Jerry Rice Wide receiver San Francisco 49ers [7]
1988 Randall Cunningham Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles
1989 Joe Montana Quarterback San Francisco 49ers
1990 Cunningham, RandallRandall Cunningham (2) Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles
1991 Barry Sanders Running back Detroit Lions
1992 Young, SteveSteve Young Quarterback San Francisco 49ers
1993 Emmitt Smith Running back Dallas Cowboys
1994 Young, SteveSteve Young (2) Quarterback San Francisco 49ers
1995 Brett Favre Quarterback Green Bay Packers
1996 Brett Favre (2) Quarterback Green Bay Packers
1997 Barry Sanders (2) Running back Detroit Lions
1998 Randall Cunningham (3) Quarterback Minnesota Vikings
1999 Kurt Warner Quarterback St. Louis Rams
2000 Rich Gannon Quarterback Oakland Raiders
2001 Marshall Faulk Running back St. Louis Rams
2002 Rich Gannon (2) Quarterback Oakland Raiders
2003 Peyton Manning Quarterback Indianapolis Colts
2004 Peyton Manning (2) Quarterback Indianapolis Colts
2005 Shaun Alexander Running back Seattle Seahawks
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson Running back San Diego Chargers
2007 Tom Brady Quarterback New England Patriots
2008 Adrian Peterson Running back Minnesota Vikings
2009 Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints
2010 Michael Vick Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles
2011 Aaron Rodgers Quarterback Green Bay Packers [29][30]
2012 Adrian Peterson (2) Running back Minnesota Vikings
2013 Peyton Manning (3) Quarterback Denver Broncos
2014 J. J. Watt Defensive end Houston Texans
2015 Cam Newton Quarterback Carolina Panthers [31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Unitas Wins Bell Award". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. December 18, 1959. p. 34. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Van Brocklin To Receive Bert Bell Award". Park City Daily News. Associated Press. December 21, 1960. p. 18. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hornung, Ferguson Honored as 'Best'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. February 6, 1962. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Robustelli Says Award Recognition For Linemen". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. February 5, 1963. p. 4-C. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jim Brown to Get Bell Award". The New York Times. United Press International. January 8, 1964. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Unitas, Ressler To Receive Awards". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. December 4, 1964. p. 17. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Bell award goes to Rice". Lakeland Ledger. January 15, 1988. p. 5D. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Maxwell Club Cites Lynch, Meredith". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. January 24, 1967. p. 2B. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Beban, Unitas Win Awards". The Morning Record. Associated Press. December 20, 1967. p. 9. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Simpson, Kelly Win Maxwell Awards". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press International. December 18, 1968. p. 74. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Reid, Gabriel Are Top Rated". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. January 20, 1970. p. 8. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ "New Award For Blanda". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 18, 1970. p. 21. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Staubach Wins Bert Bell Award". Ludington Daily News. United Press International. December 23, 1971. p. 6. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Bernstein, Ralph (December 15, 1972). "Redskins' Larry Brown Is Presented Bert Bell Award As Top Gridder Of Year". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. p. 15. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ "O.J. Is Two-Timer: Cappolletti, Simpson Maxwell Winners". Observer-Reporter. Associated Press. December 21, 1973. p. B4. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Joachim, Olsen Get Top Awards". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. December 13, 1974. p. 28. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Two Small Players Who Became Big Stars Receive Annual Maxwell Club Award". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. December 19, 1975. p. 13. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Dorsett, Stabler Receive Maxwell, Bert Bell Awards". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. United Press International. January 20, 1977. p. 2-D. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Griese Named Pro Football's Player Of Year". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. December 16, 1977. p. 1E. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Fusina, Bradshaw Maxwell Picks". Reading Eagles. Associated Press. December 21, 1978. p. 37. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Campbell, White capture awards". Gadsden Times. Associated Press. December 20, 1979. p. 23. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Jaworski Wins Bert Bell Award". The Victoria Advocate. Associated Press. January 8, 1981. p. 3B. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ken Anderson Named Winner Of Maxwell's Bert Bell Award". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. January 20, 1982. p. 39. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Theismann better doing less". The Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. January 22, 1983. p. 18. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  25. ^ Lyon, Bill (February 23, 1984). "Riggins: I'm not as good as I was". The Day. p. 28. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Marino winner of Bert Bell Award". The Evening News. Associated Press. January 11, 1985. p. 3B. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Payton wins Maxwell Club Bell award". Lodi News-Sentinel. United Press International. January 17, 1986. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Taylor named Bell Award winner". Herald-Journal. Associated Press. January 16, 1987. p. D4. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Maxwell winners". Philly.com. January 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  30. ^ Spofford, Mike (January 26, 2012). "McCarthy, Rodgers win Maxwell awards". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  31. ^ Inabinett, Mark (January 24, 2016). "NFL Playoffs: Cam Newton won't put the cart before the horse". al.com. Retrieved July 12, 2016.