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Lifetime Achievement Award: Fred Mitchell

Fred Mitchell is an award-winning sportswriter and columnist who spent over 41 years with the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of 12 books, including biographies with Bears Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Richard Dent and Cubs Hall of Farmers Billy Williams and Ryan Sandberg. Hired in 1974 as the Tribune’s first African-American sportswriter, Mitchell’s stack of accolades encompass the Bill Gleason Outstanding Sportswriter of the Year, the NABJ pioneer award, the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Gale Sayers Foundation “Outstanding Journalist Award.” Each year since 2009, the National Football Foundation gives “The Fred... Read More

Ottawa’s Reeves 2023 Fred Mitchell Award winner

The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Placekicker Award is proud to announce Landon Reeves as the most outstanding placekicker for his excellence on the football field for the 2023 season, and for continued community service during his collegiate career. “Landon Reeves has emerged as the winner of the 2023 Fred Mitchell Award after one of the most highly-contested balloting for the national honor,” Mitchell said. “Reeves’ exceptional kicking performances and dedicated commitment to community service make him a worthy recipient in the eyes of our Selection Committee. We look forward to recognizing Landon’s accomplishment in Chicago at the National Football Foundation award... Read More

Fred Mitchell Award celebrates placekickers with Top 10 Finalists list for 2023

The Fred Mitchell Award is proud to recognize its top 10 placekickers for excellence on the football field and continued community service throughout the year. “Our selection committee is impressed with the remarkable quality of the kickers in contention for the 2023 Fred Mitchell Award,” said Mitchell. “Exceptional kicking performances and genuine commitment to community service make this Top 10 Finalist group stand out.”  It is a pleasure to recognize kickers that were nominated by their schools or are at the top of their division for terrific performances through Nov. 25, 2023 (regular season statistics only). The recipient of the... Read More

Pro Football Hall of Fame writer named to Fred Mitchell Award panel

Esteemed veteran pro football writer Dan Pompei has been added to the Selection Committee of the Fred Mitchell Award. “It is an honor and a privilege,” said Pompei, who is a member of the writers’ wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now a senior writer for The Athletic, Pompei previously wrote for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and the Sporting News. “We are thrilled and excited to add Dan to our Selection Committee that already includes several Pro Football Hall of Fame players and coaches, as well as College Football Hall of Fame players,” said Mitchell. “Dan was... Read More

Fred Mitchell Award celebrates placekickers for excellence – 2023 November Watch List

The Fred Mitchell Award recognizes 26 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and for continued community service throughout the year. It is a pleasure to recognize kickers that were nominated by their schools or are at the top of their division for terrific performances through Nov. 18, 2023 (regular season statistics only). The recipient of the 2023 Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December. Details are provided on this website, including the award’s focus on excellence on the football field and in the community. The breakdown of the 26 placekickers is as follows: LAKE BARRETTThe College of... Read More

Fred Mitchell Award celebrates placekickers for excellence – 2023 September Watch List

The Fred Mitchell Award is pleased to recognize 52 non-FBS placekickers for excellence entering the college football season on the 2023 September Watch List (includes games played the weekend of October 7, 2023), in alphabetical order. The recipient of the 2023 Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December. Details are provided on this website, including the award’s focus on excellence on the football field and in the community. The breakdown of the 52 placekickers is as follows: CHRIS BALDAZOKilgore College (TX) – National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)Sophomore from Kilgore, TX DEVIN BARTHOLOMEW                  East Stroudsburg University (PA) – Division... Read More

Fred Mitchell Award celebrates placekickers for excellence – 2023 Preseason Watch List

The Fred Mitchell Award is pleased to recognize 34 non-FBS placekickers for excellence entering the college football season on the 2023 Preseason Watch List, in alphabetical order below with 2022 results. The recipient of the 2023 Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December. Details will be posted on this website in the weeks ahead, including the award’s focus on excellence on the football field and in the community. “It is with tremendous anticipation that our 35-person Selection Committee looks forward to the performances of non-FBS kickers this 2023 season — both on and off the field,” said Fred Mitchell.... Read More

Bryant’s Gettman 2022 Fred Mitchell Award winner

The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place Kicker Award is proud to announce Ethan Gettman as the most Outstanding Place Kicker for his excellence on the football field for the 2022 season, and for continued community service during his collegiate career. “Our 35-man Selection Committee is proud to recognize Ethan Gettman as the 2022 winner of the Fred Mitchell Award,” Mitchell said. “The talented junior from Bryant University is only the third underclassman to earn the award since 2009. We evaluated a very strong field of candidates this season with regard to kicking performance and community service, and Gettman really stood out.... Read More

Fred Mitchell Award announces 10 finalists for 2022

The Fred Mitchell Award is proud to recognize top 10 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and for continued community service throughout the year. “I am very pleased with the quality of kickers who have been selected for our Top 10 finalists for the 2022 Fred Mitchell Award,” Mitchell said. “Our Selection Committee values kicking performance and community service, and our finalists have excelled in those categories.”  It is a pleasure to recognize kickers that were nominated by their schools or are at the top of their division for terrific performances through November 19, 2022 (regular season statistics... Read More

Fred Mitchell Award recognizes 43 kickers for October 2022 performances

The Fred Mitchell Award recognizes 43 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and for continued community service throughout the year. It is a pleasure to recognize kickers that were nominated by their schools or are at the top of their division for terrific performances through November 5, 2022. Final nominations for the 2022 season will be due after any regular season contests as of November 20, 2022. As always, we appreciate your efforts and participation in celebrating your kickers. The selection committee looks forward to reviewing your nominations. Please be sure to include community service and other philanthropic... Read More
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