Chuck Bednarik Award

College Defensive Player of the Year

The College Defensive Player of the Year Award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Who Votes?

Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country

This Years Winner…

The winner of the 23rd Chuck Bednarik Award is Minkah Fitzpatrick,University of Alabama.

Facts About Minkah Fitzpatrick

Minkah Fitzpatrick has always been a little different than his peers. Different in ways that aren’t easily detectable by the naked eye. Unique in aspects that have benefitted him throughout every stage of his young life.

Oh, Fitzpatrick is an elite athlete, which became evident to his family at a very early age. But his unbridled success—on and off grass—has had more to do with his overall makeup and intangibles than any number that’s gauged by a stopwatch or a measuring tape. Fitzpatrick is a deep thinker, a renaissance man of sorts. Combine his acumen and heart with the athleticism of a next-level DB and you’ve got the ingredients of the 23rd recipient of the Chuck Bednarik Award.

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Chuck Bednarik Award

2016 Jonathan Allen University of Alabama
2015 Tyler Matakevich Temple University
2014 Scooby Wright University of Arizona
2013 Aaron Donald University of Pittsburgh
2012 Manti Te’o Notre Dame
2011 Tyrann Mathieu Louisiana State University
2010 Patrick Peterson Louisiana State University
2009 Ndamukong Suh University of Nebraska
2008 Rey Maualuga University of Southern California
2007 Dan Connor The Pennsylvania State Univsitery
2006 Paul Posluszny The Pennsylvania State University
2004 David Pollack University of Georgia
2003 Teddy Lehman University of Oklahoma