Dick McCann Memorial Award

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The Dick McCann Memorial Award is bestowed annually by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) "for long and distinguished reporting on professional football".[1] The award was created in 1969 and is named for Dick McCann, who was the first director of the Hall of Fame.[2] Presentation of the award is made annually at the Pro Football Hall Enshrinement Ceremony. Prior to 2014, the presentation was made at the Enshrinees Dinner.

The list of McCann Award honorees is sometimes referred to as the "writer's wing" of the Hall of Fame.[3]

Award recipients[4][edit]

Year Awardee Publication
1969 George Strickler Chicago Tribune
1970 Arthur Daley The New York Times
1971 Joe King New York World-Telegram and Sun
1972 Lewis Atchison Washington Star
1973 Dave Brady The Washington Post
1974 Bob Oates Los Angeles Times
1975 John Steadman Baltimore News-American
1976 Jack Hand Associated Press
1977 Art Daley Green Bay Press-Gazette
1978 Murray Olderman Newspaper Enterprise Association
1979 Pat Livingston Pittsburgh Press
1980 Chuck Heaton Cleveland Plain Dealer
1981 Norm Miller New York Daily News
1982 Cameron Snyder Baltimore Morning Sun
1983 Hugh Brown Philadelphia Bulletin
1984 Larry Felser Buffalo News
1985 Cooper Rollow Chicago Tribune
1986 Bill Wallace The New York Times
1987 Jerry Magee San Diego Union
1988 Gordon Forbes USA Today
1989 Vito Stellino Baltimore Sun
1990 Will McDonough Boston Globe
1991 Dick Connor Denver Post
1992 Frank Luksa Dallas Morning News
1993 Ira Miller San Francisco Chronicle
1994 Don Pierson Chicago Tribune
1995 Ray Didinger Philadelphia Daily News
1996 Paul Zimmerman Sports Illustrated
1997 Bob Roesler New Orleans Times-Picayune
1998 Dave Anderson The New York Times
1999 Art Spander Oakland Tribune
2000 Tom McEwen Tampa Tribune
2001 Len Shapiro The Washington Post
2002 Edwin Pope Miami Herald
2003 Joel Buchsbaum Pro Football Weekly
2004 Rick Gosselin Dallas Morning News
2005 Jerry Green Detroit News
2006 John McClain Houston Chronicle
2007 John Clayton ESPN.com
2008 Len Pasquarelli ESPN.com
2009 Peter King Sports Illustrated
2010 Pete Finney New Orleans Times-Picayune
2011 Bob McGinn Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
2012 Tom Kowalski MLive.com[5]
2013 Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune
2014 Ed Bouchette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2015 Dave Goldberg Associated Press
2016 Chris Mortensen ESPN.com[6]
2017 Ed Werder ESPN.com[7]
2018 Charean Williams Pro Football Talk
2019 Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times
2020 Don Banks Sports Illustrated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "McClain honored with 2006 McCann Award". Pro Football Hall of Fame. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Mini-Bio: Dick McCann" (PDF). profootballresearchers.org. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  3. ^ "John Clayton bio". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 17, 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  4. ^ "MCCANN AWARD WINNERS". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  5. ^ Zaroo, Philip. "Tom Kowalski selected to receive Dick McCann Award by Pro Football Writers Association," MLive.com, Friday, June 22, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2017
  6. ^ Sando, Mike. "ESPN's Chris Mortensen presented with Dick McCann Award," ESPN.com, Saturday, August 6, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2017
  7. ^ "Ed Werder Selected As PFWA's 2017 Dick McCann Award Winner," Pro Football Hall of Fame, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017