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Encyclopedia > Chuck Bednarik Award

The Chuck Bednarik Award, named for the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Chuck Bednarik is given annually to the College Defensive Football Player of the Year.

Previous winners

Year Player School
1993 Rob Waldrop Arizona
1994 Warren Sapp Miami
1995 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern
1996 Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern
1997 Charles Woodson Michigan
1998 Dat Nguyen Texas A&M
1999 LaVar Arrington Penn State
2000 Dan Morgan Miami
2001 Julius Peppers North Carolina
2002 E. J. Henderson Maryland
2003 Teddy Lehman Oklahoma
2004 David Pollack Georgia

College football awards:
Best player awards:
Heisman Memorial Trophy
Maxwell Award | Walter Camp Award
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Best Defenseman)
Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defenseman)
Dave Rimington Trophy (Best C)
Davey O'Brien Award (Best QB)
Dick Butkus Award (Best LB)
Doak Walker Award (Best RB)
Fred Biletnikoff Award (Best WR)
Jim Thorpe Award (Best DB)
John Mackey Award (Best TE)
Johnny Unitas Award (Best Senior QB)
Lombardi Award (Best Lineman)
Lou Groza Award (Best PK)
Manning Award (Best QB)
Outland Trophy (Best IOL or DL)
Ray Guy Award (Best P)
Ted Hendricks Award (Best DE)
Coach of the Year | Spirit Award | NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award
Walter Payton Award (Best Div. I_AA Off.) | Buck Buchanan Award (Best Div. I_AA Def.)
Harlon Hill Trophy (Div. II) | Gagliardi Trophy (Div. III) | Melberger Award (Div. III)

  Results from FactBites:
Maxwell Football Club - Chuck Bednarik Award (145 words)
The College Defensive Player of the Year Award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Annual Chuck Bednarik Award, David Pollack, University of Georgia with 150 votes of the 726 cast.
Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club and sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.
ESPN Classic - Sixty minute man (1280 words)
Bednarik was no "Lovin' Dan." His plaque in the Pro Football Hall of Fame says he was a "rugged, durable, bulldozing blocker" and a "bone-jarring tackler." That meant he was no Deion, either.
Bednarik speaks from a vastly different reference point, remembering a time when he was not such an exception to the ever-changing rules.
Bednarik stayed close to home after the war, enrolling at Penn in 1945 with the goal of becoming a coach and a teacher.
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