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Encyclopedia > Bert Bell Award

The Bert Bell Award for the Professional American football Player of the Year is presented by the Maxwell Football Club. This award is named in honor of Bert Bell, late Commissioner of the National Football League and founder of the Maxwell Club. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Bert Bell (1895-1959) was co-founder (with Lud Wray) of the Frankford Yellowjackets in 1924 (whose name was changed to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1933), and commissioner of the National Football League from 1946 until his death. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...

Previous winners

Year Player Team
1959 John Unitas Baltimore Colts
1960 Norman Van Brocklin Philadelphia Eagles
1961 Paul Hornung Green Bay Packers
1962 Andy Robustelli New York Giants
1963 Jim Brown Cleveland Browns
1964 John Unitas Baltimore Colts
1965 Pete Retzlaff Philadelphia Eagles
1966 Don Meredith Dallas Cowboys
1967 John Unitas Baltimore Colts
1968 Leroy Kelly Cleveland Browns
1969 Roman Gabriel Los Angeles Rams
1970 George Blanda Oakland Raiders
1971 Roger Staubach Dallas Cowboys
1972 Larry Brown Washington Redskins
1973 O.J. Simpson Buffalo Bills
1974 Merlin Olsen Los Angeles Rams
1975 Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings
1976 Ken Stabler Oakland Raiders
1977 Bob Griese Miami Dolphins
1978 Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers
1979 Earl Campbell Houston Oilers
1980 Ron Jaworski Philadelphia Eagles
1981 Ken Anderson Cincinnati Bengals
1982 Joe Theisman Washington Redskins
1983 John Riggins Washington Redskins
1984 Dan Marino Miami Dolphins
1985 Walter Payton Chicago Bears
1986 Lawrence Taylor New York Giants
1987 Jerry Rice Miami Dolphins
1988 Randall Cunningham Philadelphia Eagles
1989 Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers
1990 Randall Cunningham Philadelphia Eagles
1991 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions
1992 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers
1993 Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys
1994 Steve Young San Francisco 49ers
1995 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
1996 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers
1997 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions
1998 Randall Cunningham Minnesota Vikings
1999 Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams
2000 Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders
2001 Marshall Faulk St. Louis Rams
2002 Rich Gannon Oakland Raiders
2003 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
2004 Peyton Manning Indianapolis Colts
2005 Shaun Alexander Seattle Seahawks



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