Legendary Nittany Lion Coach Joe Paterno has racked up an impressive number of awards during his 60-year coaching career. The latest award, though, isn’t for him; it’s named for him.
When the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club was considering a new award, they didn’t have far to look for inspiration. The Maxwell Club is already well known for recognizing the college football player of the year (Maxwell Award), college coach of the year (George Munger Award) and college defensive player of the year (Chuck Bednarik Award). At its March black tie awards dinner in Atlantic City, N.J., the group announced its newest award: The Joseph V. Paterno Award.
In choosing a recipient for the Joseph V. Paterno Award, the Maxwell Club selection committee will consider college football coaches who have had a significant impact on their universities, student-athletes, community and state. Specific criteria for this new award are still being developed.
Paterno is a three-time recipient—1990, 1994 and 2005—of the Maxwell Club’s George Munger Award, recognizing the college football coach of the year. He also received the club’s Reds Bagnell Award for contributions to the game of football in 1999.
Read more about Paterno’s accomplishments and other awards during the past 60 years, including his 2007 induction into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, here.