THE MAXWELL AWARD
College Football Player of the Year
Few honors for college football players can rival one which bears the Maxwell name: the Maxwell Award for College Player of the Year. The award is presented each year by the Maxwell Football Philadelphia, a group dedicated to helping young people realize their fullest potential as leaders through football at all levels.
After college, Tiny played briefly as a professional for the Massillon Tigers and Canton Bulldogs, then he began a career as a referee when he was called at the last minute to fill in for an official who didn’t show up. He was soon in demand for such major college games as Harvard-Yale and Army-Navy, and his Philadelphia apartment became a gathering place for fellow officials. The first first formal association of football officials in the East grew out of those meetings.
Tiny Maxwell was also one of the first athletes to make the leap from field to press box. In 1914, he began writing a sports column for Philadelphia’s Public Ledger and, two years later, became Sports Editor of the Evening Public Ledger, a position he held until his death.
Maxwell was only 37 when he died of complications stemming from an automobile accident. To honor his memory and many contributions to football, the Robert W. Maxwell Memorial Football Club was founded in 1937 to present awards in his name and to promote football safety.
The great newspaper columnist of that period, Damon Runyon, summed up the opinion many held of Maxwell: “He was, physically , such a tremendous man because nature had to make provisions for the housing of his great heart.”