Pro Football Writers of America

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Pro Football Writers of America
FormationDecember 28, 1963; 59 years ago (1963-12-28)
Founded atChicago
Lindsay Jones

The Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), sometimes known as Pro Football Writers Association, 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. By the mid-2000s the group consisted of over 300 writers, editors, and columnists who cover pro football. The PFWA also issue several awards and honors following each NFL season.


All-NFL Team[edit]

NFL Most Valuable Player Award[edit]

NFL Offensive Player of the Year 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 Halas Award[edit]

Note: The George Halas Award should not be confused with the Newspaper Enterprise Association's George 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."[2]

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
2020 Eli Manning New York Giants
2021 Philip Rivers Indianapolis Colts
2022 Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers

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."[3] 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).[3]

Bill Nunn Award[edit]

See: Bill Nunn 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, who served as commissioner of the NFL from 1960 until 1989.

Past presidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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

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