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1305, 2024

Lifetime Achievement Award: Fred Mitchell

By |May 13th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fred Mitchell is an award-winning sportswriter and columnist who spent over 41 years with the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of 12 books, including biographies with Bears Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Richard Dent and Cubs Hall of Farmers Billy Williams and Ryan Sandberg.

Hired in 1974 as the Tribune’s first African-American sportswriter, Mitchell’s stack of accolades encompass the Bill Gleason Outstanding Sportswriter of the Year, the NABJ pioneer award, the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Gale Sayers Foundation “Outstanding Journalist Award.”

Each year since 2009, the National Football Foundation gives “The Fred Mitchell Award” to the nation’s most outstanding college placekicker, in honor of Mitchell, who set the NCAA College Division record for career kick scoring in 1968 at Wittenberg University. A longtime teacher, he now serves as an adjunct professor at DePaul University.

Video produced by Loyola University Chicago students: […]

412, 2023

Pro Football Hall of Fame writer named to Fred Mitchell Award panel

By |December 4th, 2023|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|0 Comments

Esteemed veteran pro football writer Dan Pompei has been added to the Selection Committee of the Fred Mitchell Award.

“It is an honor and a privilege,” said Pompei, who is a member of the writers’ wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now a senior writer for The Athletic, Pompei previously wrote for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago […]

109, 2023

Former NFL star writes about travails of pioneering black players

By |September 1st, 2023|Categories: NFL|0 Comments

The history of African Americans in professional football is a complicated, alarming, and yet remarkable journey that warrants detailed research and analysis.

Gary Burley, a former outstanding defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons, has made it his mission to chronicle those often-overlooked chapters in a new book entitled: “Glory: The Struggle For Yards.” It is written with acclaimed […]

2702, 2023

Ethan Gettman’s 56-yard field goal “would have been good from 65”

By |February 27th, 2023|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|0 Comments

Chris Merritt, head football coach at Bryant University, realizes he has a tremendous weapon in 2022 Fred Mitchell Award winner Ethan Gettman.

Gettman, from Ormond Beach, Fla., led the nation (FCS) in field goal percentage (93.3) in addition to booming a school-record 56-yard field goal last season as a junior.

“I think this football team and this coaching staff has a tremendous […]

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