Eagles' Hurts and Sirianni Win Bert Bell and Greasy Neal Player and Coach of the Year Awards

January 25, 2023 by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff and MaxwellFootballClub.org

NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is a voter of both awards. His selections were Justin Jefferson of Minnesota for P-O-Y and Doug Pederson of Jacksonville for C-O-Y. Pederson, in his first year with the Jaguars, led the team from the basement in 2021 (3-14) to the top of their division in 2022 (9-8) and advancement to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. All of that came after the total destruction of the team under Urban Meyer. They ultimately finished the year with a 10-9 mark. As for Jefferson, he led all receivers in yards (1,809), receptions (128) and targets (184) as the Vikings made it to the playoffs by winning an NFL record 11 one-possession games, topping the 2019 Seattle Seahawks and the 1978 Houston Oilers.

Bert Bell Player of the Year Award

Maxwell Football Club Director, Mark Wolpert, announced that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts has been selected as the winner of the 64th Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year Award.

In only his 3rd NFL season, Hurts exploded into one of the league’s most dangerous offensive weapons accumulating 3701 passing yards, and 22 touchdowns, and adding an additional 760 yards and 13 scores on the ground. Hurts set an all-time Eagles record with 35 total regular season touchdowns this season while leading the Eagles to a 15-3 record and a berth in the NFC Championship game vs the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. In addition to his Bert Bell honor, he was named to the Pro Bowl and also selected as a 2nd team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

Hurts and head coach Nick Sirianni are one win away from the Super Bowl as the Eagles host the San Francisco 49ers as 2.5-point favorites at the Fan Duel Sportsbook this Sunday at 3:01 PM.  The Eagles' fans received big news on Wednesday when Hurts said his sprained shoulder is feeling better.

Bert Bell is the founder of The Maxwell Football Club. Bell was a Philadelphia native who worked as a college football coach after serving his country in World War I. He led a partnership to purchase the Frankford Yellowjackets – which he re-named the Philadelphia Eagles in 1933. He served as NFL commissioner from 1946 until his passing in 1959 and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. The Bert Bell Award was founded in 1959.

List of BERT BELL Award Winners

2022 - Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
2021 - Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
2020 - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2019 - Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
2018 - Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
2017 - Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
2016 - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
2015 - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
2014 - J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
2013 - Peyton Manning, Denver Broncox
2012 - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
2011 - Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
2010 - Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
2009 - Drew Brees##, New Orleans Saints
2008 - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
2007 - Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2006 - LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers
2005 - Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks
2004 - Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2003 - Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
2002 - Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders
2001 - Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams
2000 - Rich Gannon, Oakland Raiders
1999 - Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams
1998 - Randall Cunningham, Minnesota Vikings
1997 - Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions
1996 - Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
1995 - Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers
1994 - Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers
1993 - Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys
1992 - Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers
1991 - Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions
1990 - Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia Eagles
1989 - Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers
1988 - Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia Eagles
1987 - Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers
1986 - Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants
1985 - Walter Payton, Chicago Bears
1984 - Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins
1983 - John Riggins, Washington Redskins
1982 - Joe Theisman, Washington Redskins
1981 - Ken Anderson, Cincinnati Bengels
1980 - Ron Jaworski, Philadelphia Eagles
1979 - Earl Campbell, Houston Oilers
1978 - Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers
1977 - Bob Griese, Miami Dolphins
1976 - Ken Stabler, Oakland Raiders
1975 - Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings
1974 - Merlin Olsen*, Los Angeles Rams
1973 - O.J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills
1972 - Larry Brown, Washington Redskins
1971 - Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys
1970 - George Blanda, Oakland Raiders
1969 - Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams
1968 - LeRoy Kelly, Cleveland Browns
1967 - John Unitas, Baltimore Colts
1966 - Don Meredith, Dallas Cowboys
1965 - Pete Retzlaff, Philadelphia Eagles
1964 - John Unitas, Baltimore Colts
1963 - Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns
1962 - Andy Robustelli, New York Giants
1961 - Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packers
1960 - Norman Van Brocklin, Philadelphia Eagles
1959 - John Unitas, Baltimore Colts

Earle "Greasy" Neal Coach of the Year Award

Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Nick Sirianni has been chosen as the winner of the 34th Greasy Neale Professional Coach of the Year Award.

In his 2nd season as head coach, Nick Sirianni has led the Eagles to a 15-3 record and a berth in the NFC Championship game, punctuated by a dominating 38-7 win over the New York Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs. Along the way, the Eagles won the NFC East championship and shattered numerous team records including: most wins in a regular season (14), most points scored in a season (447) and most sacks in a season (70). The Eagles have been dominant on both sides of the ball with a smothering defense and an innovative offense which deploys weapons that are virtually impossible to defend. Prior to being named as the Eagles head coach, Sirianni was the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.

In advance of the NFC championship game this week, Sirianni revealed big injury news that cornerback Avonte Maddox and wide receiver A.J. Brown are both slated to participate. Additionally, Hurts said his sprained shoulder is feeling better.

The Greasy Neale Coach of the Year Award was founded in 1989.

Neale was the first man to be elected to both College and Pro Football Halls of Fame as a coach. To say that "Greasy" Neale was a gamesman would be an understatement. A star end at West Virginia Wesleyan (class of 1914), Neale was a talented baseball and basketball player, once reached the semifinals of the West Virginia Amateur Golf Tournament and was an accomplished bridge player. In a 1912 football game with arch rival West Virginia, Neale caught 14 straight passes and sparked WVW to its first-ever victory over the Mountaineers, 19-14. Neale went on to combine two careers. For eight seasons he was a major league baseball player. And in the fall he coached college football. In 1919 he was the leading hitter for the Cincinnati Reds, with a .357 average, in the World Series. He then coached football at Marietta and lost just one game. In 1921 he again played with the Reds and then coached Washington & Jefferson to an unbeaten season and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Between 1915 and 1933 he also coached Virginia, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Muskingum. In 1934 he moved to Yale as assistant under Ducky Pond, and in 1941 he became head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He led them to NFL championships in 1948 and '49.

List of GREASY NEAL Award Winners

2022 - Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles
2021 - Zac Taylor - Cincinnati Bengals
2020 - Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 - John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
2018 - Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
2017 - Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles
2016 - Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders
2015 - Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
2014 - Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals
2013 - Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles
2012 - Chuck Pagano/Bruce Arians[5], Indianapolis Colts
2011 - Mike McCarthy[6], Green Bay Packers
2010 - Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
2009 - Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
2008 - Jeff Fisher, Tennessee Titans
2007 - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
2006 - Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
2005 - Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts
2004 - Marty Schottenheimer, San Diego Chargers
2003 - Dick Vermeil, Kansas City Chiefs
2002 - Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
2001 - Dick Jauron, Chicago Bears
2000 - Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
1999 - Dick Vermeil, St. Louis Rams
1998 - Dennis Green, Minnesota Vikings
1997 - Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1996 - Dom Capers, Carolina Panthers
1995 - Ray Rhodes, Philadelphia Eagles
1994 - Bill Parcells, New England Patriots
1993 - Dan Reeves, New York Giants
1992 - Bobby Ross, San Diego Chargers
1991 - Wayne Fontes, Detroit Lions
1990 - Art Shell[7], Los Angeles Raiders
1989 - Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers

86th Maxwell Football Club National Awards Gala

Hurts and Sirianni will be honored Thursday March 9, 2023 at the 86th Maxwell Football Club National Awards Gala which will be held at the Mohegan Pennsylvania Resort. Also receiving awards at this event will be Caleb Williams - USC (Maxwell Award), Will Anderson Jr. - Alabama (Chuck Bednarik Award), Sean Clifford - Penn State (The Brian Westbrook Regional Player of the Year Award), Drake Maye –North Carolina (Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award), Willie Fritz –Tulane University (George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award) and Joe Klecko – New York Jets (The MFC Legends Award presented by Mohegan Pennsylvania). The Club will be announcing additional winners this week.