The Eagles Keep Receiving All Sorts Of Awards During The Offseason
The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll. It started with an unbelievable regular season fueled by a high powered offense and a lights out defense. Next, it was the underdog mentality taking over the playoffs and capturing the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Seemingly missing, however, were the other awards and accolades to match.
Eagles fans felt that Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson were snubbed for NFL MVP and Coach of the Year, respectively. Although, it might have given more fuel to that Super Bowl underdog fire. Now, members of the Eagles organization are receiving recognition for their fantastic work on and off the field.
Paul “Tank” Younger Award
The Paul “Tank” Younger Award, named after Paul Younger, the first minority executive in the NFL, is presented to someone working to level the playing field in the NFL. This year’s recipient is Jeffrey Lurie.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that works with the NFL to create and support a more diverse league, presents this award. It is a non-profit organization promoting equality among coaches, owners, and personnel within the NFL.
Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson accepted this award on Lurie’s behalf. However, Lurie said,
It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as this year’s recipient of the Paul “Tank” Younger Award. The Fritz Pollard Alliance is doing excellent work promoting diversity and equality in the NFL which is something I feel strongly about as an individual and the Philadelphia Eagles feel strongly about as an organization.
Steinberg-DeNicola Humanitarian Award
Cosmo DeNicola and Leigh Steinberg, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Steinberg Sports Entertainment announced yesterday that Howie Roseman is the recipient of their humanitarian award this year. They present this award to an NFL representative who commits themselves not only to football but to give back to the community.
Roseman also works with the Eagles Youth Partnership, Eagles Care, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Boys and Girls Clubs. Below, DeNicola commented on Roseman’s great year.
Not only did Howie architect a Super Bowl winning team, but he also took time to be a champion off the field as well.
Some previous winners of this award include Conner Barwin, Andy Reid, and Larry Fitzgerald. This Friday, March 8, 2017, at the Maxwell Club National Awards Gala in Atlantic City, is the awards presentation.
Bert Bell NFL Player of the Year
Carson Wentz could not be selected as this season’s NFL Most Valuable Player due to an injury that cut his season short. However, Wentz is this year’s Maxwell Club Bert Bell Player of the Year.
Voted by NFL coaches, personnel, team owners, national and local media, and Maxwell club members, the club presents this award in honor of Bert Bell, a former commissioner of the NFL and founder of the Maxwell Club.
Earle “Greasy” Neale Award
Many Philadelphia Eagles fans also felt slighted when it came to the Coach of the Year award. Sean McVay did a phenomenal job turning the Rams team around. However, Doug Pederson was a mastermind on gamedays.
Presented to the most outstanding coach in the NFL for a given year is the Earle “Greasy” Neale Award. Also voted by coaches, personnel, owners, media, and Maxwell Club members, this year’s award recipient is Doug Pederson.
Congratulations Are In Order
Congratulations to Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Carson Wentz, and Doug Pederson for their incredible performances on and off the field. This Super Bowl season would have been impossible without the hard work by these four men and the entire organization.
Although some brand Eagles fans as bullies, this is the kind of football organization we take pride in. A group that Philadelphia fans can honestly be proud of!
Featured photo by Lorie Shaull
Article originally posted on Tha Sports Junkies 101.