The Pro Football Writers Association (sometimes Pro Football Writers of America) (PFWA) is an organization that purports to be "[the] official voice of pro football writers, promoting and fighting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public." Goals of the organization include improving access to practices and locker rooms, developing working relationships with all teams, and ensuring that football writers are treated in a professional manner. As of 2005 the group consisted of over 300 writers, editors, and columnists who cover pro football. ESPN's Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold is the organization's president for the 2015-17 term.
The PFWA issues the following awards: an All-NFL team published by Pro Football Weekly, one NFL Most Valuable Player Award (since 1975), the Dick McCann Memorial Award, the George S. Halas Courage Award, the Good Guy award, the Horrigan Award, and the Rozelle Award.
The PFWA Good Guy Award has been given annually since 2005 to an NFL player "for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs."
|2005||Jerome Bettis||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|2006||Tiki Barber||New York Giants|
|2007||LaDainian Tomlinson||San Diego Chargers|
|2008||Brett Favre||Green Bay Packers|
|2009||Kurt Warner||Arizona Cardinals|
|2010||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints|
|2011||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers|
|2012||Tim Tebow||Denver Broncos|
|2013||Tony Gonzalez||Atlanta Falcons|
|2014||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks|
|2015||Richard Sherman||Seattle Seahawks|
|2016||Thomas Davis||Carolina Panthers|
|2017||Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona Cardinals|
Since 1974, the PFWA has given an annual award named in memory of sportswriter Jack Horrigan, to honor a league or club official "for his or her qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job." The most recent five winners have been Thomas Dimitroff (2012), Mike Signora (NFL Vice President of Football Communications) (2013), Pete Carroll (2014), Bruce Arians (2015), and John Elway (2016).
The Rozelle Award is given to the club public relations department that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media. It is named after Pete Rozelle, the fourth commissioner of the NFL.