Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will receive the 75th annual Maxwell Award for College Player of the Year
ATLANTIC CITY — Based in Philadelphia, the Maxwell Football Club is the oldest club of its kind in the nation. It was started by Eagles co-founder and former NFL commissioner Bert Bell in 1937 to honor Robert “Tiny” Maxwell — a college football star at Swarthmore College who became a professional player, college coach and official, and sports editor of the bygone Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger before his death in a car accident in 1922.
The club was created to honor college football players and promote football safety, growing to include the professional game as its popularity grew, and branching out to recognize outstanding high school players both nationally and in the Philadelphia community.
Reports indicated that, in the late 1990s, the club struggled to maintain national prominence in the football community. When Ron Jaworski, the club’s president and the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback who piloted them to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1981, brought the club’s national banquet from Philly to Atlantic City in 2004, it breathed new life into the organization. Next Saturday’s 75th Anniversary of the Maxwell Awards promises to be another gala affair attracting some of the biggest names on the professional stage and brightest stars rising out of the collegiate and high school ranks.
The 75th Maxwell Awards return to Harrah’s Resort on Friday, March 2, beginning with a press conference to honor winners Friday morning, a 5pm cocktail reception at The Pool at Harrah’s, and the dinner/awards reception in Harrah’s ballroom. Tickets are available at $300 per person and $3,500 for a table of 12, and can be purchased by going here.