NOTE: This is the third of five major off-field awards to be presented this week by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). The remaining schedule of awards to be announced: Thursday 6/20-Jack Horrigan Award (league/club official who helps the media the most); Friday 6/21-Pete Rozelle Award (top PR staff).
CHICAGO TRIBUNE’S DAN POMPEI SELECTED AS PFWA’S 2013 DICK McCANN AWARD WINNER
Chicago Tribune NFL writer Dan Pompei was selected as the PFWA’s 2013 Dick McCann Award winner. (Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune)
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, who has covered the NFL for 28 years, has been selected as the 2013 Dick McCann Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
Pompei, the 45th McCann Award winner, began his career writing for the school newspaper at Elmhurst College, from which he graduated in 1982. After further study in journalism at Columbia College, he returned to Elmhurst to serve as the school’s sports information director and began doing agate in 1983 at the Chicago Sun-Times. When the Sun-Times needed additional manpower when the Chicago Bears got hot to begin the 1985 season on the way to winning Super Bowl XX, Pompei was sent to cover the Bears on a semi-regular basis. By the end of the season, he was the main reporter for news on the beat.
The Chicago-area native moved to The Sporting News in 1997. After a successful stint there, he went to work for the Chicago Tribune in 2007 as the paper’s Bears/NFL columnist, replacing the legendary Don Pierson, the PFWA’s 1994 McCann Award winner.
Pompei, 51, is one of the 46 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and one of nine members of the hall’s senior selection committee.
The McCann Award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage. The award is named for McCann, who was the first director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1962-67). McCann was a longtime reporter in New York with several newspapers, the Newspaper Enterprise Association and King Features Syndicate. After a stint in the Navy in World War II, he was a sports columnist for the Washington Times-Herald in 1945. A year later, he joined the Washington Redskins as publicity director and was the club’s general manager from 1947-62 before taking the job with the Hall of Fame before its’ 1963 opening.