The Maxwell Award is awarded to the best college football player in the United States as determined by a panel of sportscasters, writers, and NCAA head coaches. The award is named after Robert W. Maxwell who was a prominent college football player, coach and sportswriter. The award has been given each year since 1937.
Here are a few interesting facts about the Maxwell Award.
-Tim Tebow (in 2007 and 2008) and John Lattner (in 1952 and 1953) are the only two players to win the Maxwell Award twice and in back-to-back years.
-The only time two different players from the same college have won the Maxwell Award in back-to-back years was in 1944 and 1945 when Glenn Davis and Felix Blanchard won it while playing for Army.
-The last defensive player to win the Maxwell Award was the University of Pittsburgh’s Hugh Green in 1980.
-Former Penn State defensive tackle Mike Reid won the Maxwell Award in 1969. Following a five year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Reid went on to a second career as a country music singer and song writer. His is a Grammy winner, having won for writing the Ronnie Milsap hit “Stranger in My House”. He also had a Billboard #1 single of his own on the country charts in 1991 with “Walk on Faith”. Reid was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
-No school has produced more Maxwell Award winners than Penn State with seven, including Richie Lucas (1959), Glenn Ressler (1964), Mike Reid (1969), John Cappelletti (1973), Chuck Fusina (1978), Kerry Collins (1994), and Larry Johnson (2002).