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The Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award has been awarded by the National Football League Players Association continuously since 1967. The most recent winner, for the 2018 season, is Andrew Whitworth of the Los Angeles Rams.[1] The award honors work in the community as the NFL player who best served his team, community and country in the spirit of Byron "Whizzer" White, who was a Supreme Court justice, professional American football player, naval officer, and humanitarian. Past winners have included Drew Brees, Warrick Dunn, Gale Sayers, Bart Starr, Archie Manning, Peyton Manning, Troy Vincent, and Ken Houston.[2] Prior to his ascension to the Supreme Court, White had been All-Pro three times (1938, 1940, 1941) and the NFL rushing champion twice (1938 and 1940).

The 2001 recipient, Michael McCrary, was the child in the Supreme Court case Runyon v. McCrary (1976) in which Justice White had participated nearly a quarter of a century before McCrary's award. White had dissented from the position taken by the lawyers for McCrary.


Season Player Position Team
1967 Bart Starr Quarterback Green Bay Packers
1968 Willie Davis Defensive end Green Bay Packers
1969 Eddie Meador Safety Los Angeles Rams
1970 Gale Sayers Running back Chicago Bears
1971 Kermit Alexander Defensive back Los Angeles Rams
1972 Ray May Linebacker Baltimore Colts
1973 Andy Russell Linebacker Pittsburgh Steelers
1974 Floyd Little Running back Denver Broncos
1975 Rocky Bleier Running back Pittsburgh Steelers
1976 Jim Hart Quarterback St. Louis Cardinals
1977 Lyle Alzado Defensive end Denver Broncos
1978 Archie Manning Quarterback New Orleans Saints
1979 Roger Staubach Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
1980 Gene Upshaw Guard Oakland Raiders
1981 Ken Houston Safety Washington Redskins
1982 Franco Harris Running back Pittsburgh Steelers
1983 Doug Dieken Offensive tackle Cleveland Browns
1984 Rolf Benirschke Placekicker San Diego Chargers
1985 Reggie Williams Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
1986 Nat Moore Wide receiver Miami Dolphins
1987 George Martin Defensive end New York Giants
1988 Deron Cherry Safety Kansas City Chiefs
1989 Mike Singletary Linebacker Chicago Bears
1990 Ozzie Newsome Tight End Cleveland Browns
1991 Mike Kenn Offensive tackle Atlanta Falcons
1992 Reggie White Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles
1993 Nick Lowery Placekicker Kansas City Chiefs
1994 Mark Kelso Safety Buffalo Bills
1995 Derrick Thomas Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
1996 Billy Brooks Wide receiver Indianapolis Colts
1997 Chris Zorich Defensive tackle Chicago Bears
1998 Hardy Nickerson Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1999 Cris Carter Wide receiver Minnesota Vikings
2000 Doug Pelfrey Placekicker Cincinnati Bengals
2001 Michael McCrary Defensive end Baltimore Ravens
2002 Mark Brunell Quarterback Jacksonville Jaguars
2003 Troy Vincent Cornerback Philadelphia Eagles
2004 Derrick Brooks Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005 Peyton Manning Quarterback Indianapolis Colts
2006 Steve McNair Quarterback Tennessee Titans
2007 John Lynch Safety Denver Broncos
2008 Warrick Dunn Running back Atlanta Falcons
2009 Brian Dawkins Safety Philadelphia Eagles
2010 Nnamdi Asomugha Cornerback Oakland Raiders
2011 Tony Richardson Fullback New York Jets
2012 Drew Brees Quarterback New Orleans Saints[3]
2013 Charlie Batch Quarterback Pittsburgh Steelers
2014 Anquan Boldin Wide receiver San Francisco 49ers[2]
2015 Chad Greenway Linebacker Minnesota Vikings
2016 Malcolm Jenkins Safety Philadelphia Eagles
2017 Chris Long Defensive end Philadelphia Eagles
2018 Andrew Whitworth Tackle Los Angeles Rams

See also