28 Jun 2005
Jerry Green, longtime NFL reporter for the Detroit News, is this year's winner of the Dick McCann Memorial Award and will be inducted into the writers' wing of the NFL Hall of Fame this summer. Green is one of five reporters to have covered every Super Bowl, and is on both the regular HOF selection committee and the seniors subcommittee. He's also a graduate of Brown University, which means that the school that spawned Football Outsiders is also the alma mater of two of this year's five HOF inductees (Fritz Pollard being the other).
On the subject of media members in the Hall, Richie Wohlers pointed out this article from Pro Football Weekly touting John Madden for the Hall. The problem is that the McCann Award is only given to members of the print media, and Madden's coaching career was probably too short to be considered worthy of enshrinement on its own.
Here's a list of all McCann Award winners through 2003 (last year's winner was Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News).
Late add: It turns out there is a broadcasting award, the Rozelle Award, although the winners aren't technically "enshrined" in the Hall. Madden did win this award a couple years ago; this year's winner is the retiring Myron Cope.
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