Dick McCann Award

Dick McCann

Dick McCann (Photo Credit: ©Pro Football Hall of Fame)

The PFWA’s Dick McCann Award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage. The award is named for McCann, who was the first director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1962-67).

McCann was a longtime reporter in New York with several newspapers, the Newspaper Enterprise Association and King Features Syndicate. After a stint in the Navy in World War II, he was a sports columnist for the Washington Times-Herald in 1945.

A year later, he joined the Washington Redskins as publicity director and was the club’s general manager from 1947-62 before taking the job with the Hall of Fame before its’ 1963 opening.

The McCann Award is presented yearly during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival weekend in Canton, Ohio.

DICK McCANN AWARD WINNERS (To a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage):
1969 – George Strickler (Chicago Tribune)
1970 – Arthur Daley (New York Times)
1971 – Joe King (New York World Telegram & Sun)
1972 – Lewis “Tony” Atchison (Washington Star)
1973 – Dave Brady (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 Sun)
1983 – Hugh Brown (Philadelphia Bulletin)
1984 – Larry Felser (Buffalo News)
1985 – Cooper Rollow (Chicago Tribune)
1986 – William Wallace (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 (New York Times)
1999 – Art Spander (Oakland Tribune)
2000 – Tom McEwen (Tampa Tribune)
2001 – Len Shapiro (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 – Peter Finney (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
2011 – Bob McGinn (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
2012 – Tom Kowalski (MLive.com)
2013 – Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune)
2014 – Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
2015 – Dave Goldberg (Associated Press)
2016 – Chris Mortensen (ESPN.com)
2017 – Ed Werder (ESPN)

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