|Chuck Bednarik Award|
College Defensive Player of the Year|
Maxwell Football Club|
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Chuck Bednarik Award|
The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented annually to the defensive collegiate football player adjudged by the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. The award is named for Chuck Bednarik, a former collegiate and professional American football player. Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.
The Maxwell Club is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the presentations are held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Club members are given voting privileges for the award; just over one-fifth of Bednarik winners are from Penn State.
Trophies won by school