Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson earn top awards from Maxwell Foundation
Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz holds the George Halas Trophy after the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles claimed the NFC Championship with a rout of the Vikings on Sunday, and Tuesday, the team received more news to celebrate.
The Maxwell Football Club named Doug Pederson its Greasy Neale Professional Coach of the Year and gave quarterback Carson Wentz the Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year Award, the organization announced. NFL coaching staffs and football personnel, members of the Maxwell Football Club and football reporters are among those who vote on these awards.
Pederson and Wentz were the key figures of Philly’s ascent from last place in the NFC East to first. Wentz hasn’t been on the field in the postseason after tearing his ACL Dec. 10, but he threw a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes to seven interceptions through 13 games before his injury.
In just his second season, Wentz emerged as a bona fide star and catapulted the Birds into the NFL’s upper echelon.
Pederson, also in his second year on the job, helped develop Wentz and steadied the team after Nick Foles stepped into the starting quarterback role in December. The Eagles tied a franchise record with 13 regular-season victories this year under Pederson and will play in their third Super Bowl on Feb. 4 against the New England Patriots.
While the Maxwell Football Club is well respected, many football fans are waiting to see who wins the NFL’s top awards in a couple weeks. The league will announce its Coach of the Year and MVP winners, among others, at the NFL Honors on Feb. 3 in Minneapolis.
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