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Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz Earn Top Honors From Maxwell Club

Posted Jan 23, 2018

Head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz are being honored for their roles in helping the Eagles reach Super Bowl LII.

Pederson was named the Greasy Neale Professional Coach of the Year and Wentz the Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year Award by the Maxwell Football Club on Tuesday.

This is the sixth time that an Eagles coach has won the Neale Award. Wentz brings home the seventh Bell Award in franchise history, and the first since Michael Vick in 2010.

Will Pederson and Wentz receive similar awards from the NFL in a couple of weeks at the NFL Honors ceremony on the eve of Super Bowl LII?

The 81st Maxwell Club National Awards Gala will be held at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday, March 9.

Pederson is the third Eagles coach to lead the team to the Super Bowl, joining Andy Reid (2004) and Dick Vermeil (1980). He is the only Eagles coach to lead the team to a conference title in just his second year. He’s compiled a 22-12 record, including playoffs, which is the best two-year start of any coach in franchise history.

Also in his second NFL season, Wentz established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Wentz receives the Bert Bell Award after setting an Eagles franchise record for touchdown passes in a season with 33, over 13 games, exceeding the previous mark held by Sonny Jurgensen, who threw 32 over 14 games in 1961. Wentz, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL during the third quarter of the Eagles’ 43-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on December 10, 2017, completed 265 of 440 passes for 3,296 yards during the season.

At the time of his injury, Wentz became one of three players in NFL history (joining Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, who both have done it twice) to have 33 touchdown passes and no more than seven interceptions in 13 games. He ranked fourth in the NFL with a passer rating of 101.9 and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month in October.

During his groundbreaking season, Wentz also had six games with three touchdown passes and four games with four touchdown passes. He had thrown one-plus touchdown pass and no more than one interception in 15 straight games, which is tied for the sixth-longest streak by an NFL QB since 1950.

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