Reds Bagnell Award

Contributions to the Game

The Reds Bagnell Award, named after long time Maxwell Football Club president, Reds Bagnell, is given to an individual who through his efforts has helped to foster and promote the integrity of the game of football.

The 24st Annual Reds Bagnell Award winner is, Baltimore Ravens Executive Vice President and General Manager Ozzie Newsome, who joined the Ravens organization when the franchise was established in Baltimore and became the NFL’s first African-American General Manager in 2002.

Newsome was born on March 16, 1956 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and was the third of five children. After winning the state football championship in high school, Newsome decided to attend the University of Alabama and play for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. In four years with the Crimson Tide, he played in 48 straight games. During Newsome's time at Alabama, the Crimson Tide won three Southeast Conference Championships and he was a consensus All-America. Not only did he finish his college career with 102 catches and 2,070 receiving yards, he revolutionized the game. Historically, the tight end served as a sixth offensive lineman whom the quarterback could dump the ball to if he was in trouble. However, Newsome's size, speed, and soft hands gave him the ability not only to block, but also outrun linebackers and go deep. The Cleveland Browns were so impressed with Newsome that they made him their first-round draft choice in 1978.

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Past Winners

Ozzie Newsome Baltimore Ravens
Archie Manning National Football Foundation (NFF) Chairman
George Bodenheimer ESPN
Robert T. Clark Former Executive director of the Maxwell Football Club
Steve Sabol President NFL Films
Ralph Wilson Owner Buffalo Bills
Ernie Accorsi Former General Manager, New York Giants
Darrell Royal Former Head Football Coach, University of Texas
Vince Dooley Former Head Football Coach, University of Georgia
Art McNally National Football League Consultant
Pat Summerall
Chris Berman NFL Prime Time
Don Shula Former Miami Dolphins Coach
Daniel M. Rooney Pittsburgh Steelers