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Coach Mike McCarthy and Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Are Winners of Greasy Neale and Bert Bell Awards
January 26, 2012 (Philadelphia, PA)
The Maxwell Club, the oldest football club in America, announced today that Green Bay Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy is the winner of the 24th Annual Earle "Greasy" Neale Award as the National Football League's most outstanding coach and that Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the winner of the 53rd Annual Bert Bell Award as the most outstanding Professional Player of the Year.
McCarthy led the Packers to a 15-1 regular-season finish and the NFC North Division championship. In six seasons as the Packers' head coach, McCarthy has guided the Packers to the postseason four times, advancing to two NFC title games and capturing one Super Bowl Championship in 2010. He Joined Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher (2005) as the only Super Bowl-winning coaches to lead their respective teams to three road victories as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs en route to a world title.
During his NFL coaching career McCarthy has worked with a stable of quarterbacks that has combined for 36 Pro Bowl selections, 10 Super Bowl starts, and six Most Valuable Player awards.
McCarthy has previously been honored as the Motorola and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year and he joins Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as Super Bowl winning coaches for Green Bay. The Packers are 68 and 36 during his tenure as head coach.
Rodgers completed an incredible season in which he led the Packers to a 15-1 finish and the NFC North title. He completed 343 of 502 passes for 4,643 yards and 45 touchdowns ending the 2011 regular season with passer rating of 122.5, a new NFL record.
Some memorable highlights from Rodgers's 2011 campaign include a four-touchdown, 408-yard passing performance in the Packers' 49-23 victory over the Denver Broncos on October 10, and a 369 yard 4 touchdown effort in a 38-35 thriller over the New York Giants on December 4.
Rodgers becomes the first Green Bay Packer to win the award since 1996, when the Maxwell Football Club honored Brett Favre. Rodgers, a first-time winner, joins an impressive list of former Bert Bell winners that includes Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Marshall Faulk, Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson.
McCarthy and Rodgers will be honored Friday, March 2 at the 75th Maxwell Club National Awards Gala which will be held at the Harrah's Atlantic City Resort. Also receiving awards at this event will be; Andrew Luck - Stanford University (Maxwell Award), Tyrann Mathieu - LSU (Chuck Bednarik Award), Mike Tirico - ESPN Monday Night Football (Harrah's Broadcaster Award), Archie Manning - National Football Foundation (Francis "Reds" Bagnell Award), Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers University (Tri-State Player of the Year), James Clements -Delaware Valley College (Tri-State Coach), Noah Spence - Bishop McDevitt High School (MFC National High School Player of the Year), and Eddie Delaney - U at Albany (Tom Brookshier Spirit Award).
Tickets for the Maxwell Football Club National Awards Gala are available for purchase on the Club's website www.maxwellfootballclub.org or by calling 215-643-3833.
Questions concerning any of the Maxwell Football Club's awards or programs can be directed to MFC Executive Director Mark Wolpert at email@example.com.