Football Digest
Categoriessports magazine
Final issueNovember 2005
CountryUnited States

Football Digest was a sports magazine for fans interested in professional American football, with in-depth coverage of the National Football League (NFL). The magazine modeled the Reader's Digest idea, to bring the best in football journalism from newspapers and magazines that the fans would have otherwise not had an opportunity to read.

The final issue was published in November 2005.

It also had its own independent All-Rookie team which began in 1971 and its own All-pro team which began in the 1980s. The All-Pro team was chosen by the editorial staff which gave them the freedom to choose otherwise less-publicized players on the second-team selections. By interviewing coaches and players the editors felt they got the inside "scoop" on who the "sleepers" were for an All-Pro Team.[1]


NFL Player of the YearEdit

  • 1973— O.J. Simpson, RB, Buf
  • 1974— Ken Stabler, QB, Oak
  • 1975— O.J. Simpson, RB, Buf
  • 1976— Ken Stabler, QB, Oak
  • 1977— Walter Payton, RB, Chi
  • 1978— Earl Campbell, RB, Hou
  • 1979— Dan Fouts, QB, SD
  • 1980— Brian Sipe, QB, Cle
  • 1981— Ken Anderson, QB, Cin
  • 1982— Joe Theismann, QB, Was
  • 1983— Joe Theismann, QB, Was
  • 1984— Dan Marino, QB, Mia
  • 1985— Marcus Allen, RB, LARd
  • 1986— Lawrence Taylor, OLB, NYG
  • 1987— Jerry Rice, WR, SF
  • 1988— Boomer Esiason, QB, Cin
  • 1989— Joe Montana, QB, SF
  • 1990Randall Cunningham, QB, Phi
  • 1991Barry Sanders, RB, Det
  • 1992Steve Young, QB, SF
  • 1993Emmitt Smith, RB, Dal
  • 1994— Barry Sanders, RB, Det
  • 1995Brett Favre, QB, GB
  • 1996— Brett Favre, QB, GB
  • 1997— Barry Sanders, RB, Det
  • 1998Terrell Davis, RB, Den
  • 1999Kurt Warner, QB, StL
  • 2000Marshall Faulk, RB, StL
  • 2001— Kurt Warner, QB, StL
  • 2002Rich Gannon, QB, Oak
  • 2003Peyton Manning, QB, Ind
  • 2004— Peyton Manning, QB, Ind[1]

NFL Defensive Player of the YearEdit

NFL Defensive Back of the Year Edit

NFL Defensive Linemen of the Year Edit

NFL Linebacker of the Year Edit

NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year Edit

NFL Running Back of the Year Edit

NFL Receiver of the Year Edit

NFL Quarterback of the Year Edit

NFL Specialists of the Year Edit

NFL Kicker of the Year Edit

NFL Coach of the Year Edit


  • The Awards Issue of Football Digest April 2005.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Wilner, Barry. Football Digest. April, 2005 Issue

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