Pro Football Writers Association

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The Pro Football Writers Association (sometimes Pro Football Writers of America) (PFWA) is an organization that purports to be "[the] official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public."[1] Goals of the organization include improving access to practices and locker rooms, developing working relationships with all teams, and ensuring that football writers are treated in a professional manner. As of 2005 the group consisted of over 300 writers, editors, and columnists who cover pro football. ESPN's Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold is the organization’s president for the 2015–17 term.[2]

The PFWA issues the following awards: an All-NFL team published by Pro Football Weekly, one NFL Most Valuable Player Award (since 1975), the Dick McCann Memorial Award, the George S. Halas Courage Award, the Good Guy award, the Horrigan Award, and the Rozelle Award.


All-NFL Team[edit]

See: All-Pro#Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL Team

NFL Most Valuable Player Award[edit]

NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award[edit]

NFL Rookie of the Year Award[edit]

NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award[edit]

George S. Halas Courage Award[edit]

Note: The George S. Halas Courage Award should not be confused with the Newspaper Enterprise Association's George S. Halas Trophy that was awarded to the NFL defensive player of the year from 1966 to 1996, or the NFL's George Halas Trophy that is awarded to the National Football Conference champion.

Good Guy Award[edit]

The PFWA Good Guy Award has been given annually since 2005 to an NFL player "for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs."[3]

Year Winner Team
2005 Jerome Bettis Pittsburgh Steelers
2006 Tiki Barber New York Giants
2007 LaDainian Tomlinson San Diego Chargers
2008 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
2009 Kurt Warner Arizona Cardinals
2010 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
2011 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
2012 Tim Tebow Denver Broncos
2013 Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Falcons
2014 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
2015 Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks
2016 Thomas Davis Carolina Panthers
2017 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals
2018 Chris Long Philadelphia Eagles
2019 Chris Long Philadelphia Eagles

Jack Horrigan Award[edit]

Since 1974, the PFWA has given an annual award named in memory of sportswriter Jack Horrigan, to honor a league or club official "for his or her qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job."[4] The most recent five winners have been Thomas Dimitroff (2012), Mike Signora (NFL Vice President of Football Communications) (2013), Pete Carroll (2014), Bruce Arians (2015), and John Elway (2016).[4]

Dick McCann Memorial Award[edit]

See: Dick McCann Memorial Award

Rozelle Award[edit]

The Rozelle Award is given to the club public relations department that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media. It is named after Pete Rozelle, the fourth commissioner of the NFL.

Past presidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pro Football Writers of America". Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  2. ^ "PFWA Presidents". PFWA. Retrieved 2016-11-13.
  3. ^ "Good Guy Award | PFWA". Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  4. ^ a b "Jack Horrigan Award". Retrieved April 14, 2017.