Longtime Writer Charean Williams To Be Enshrined In Pro Football HOF
Pro Football Talk's CHAREAN WILLIAMS has "won the Dick McCann Award from the Professional Football Writers of America" and will be inducted in the Pro Football HOF in August, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM. Williams, the 50th McCann Award winner, is the "first woman to receive the honor from the PFWA." The award is given to a reporter who has "made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage." Williams is entering her "25th year of NFL coverage" in '18. She spent 17 years covering the NFL and the Cowboys for the Star-Telegram. She is in her "second year" at PFT. Williams became "one of the first two women members" of the Pro Football HOF Selection Committee in '07. She was the 24th president of the PFWA, serving from '09-10 (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 6/13). Williams said, "It’s just so cool to hear from so many people, and I think it kind of validates the career. To hear from the JASON WITTENs and the WADE PHILLIPSes and all those people that I heard from yesterday, the various writers. Obviously, that’s the most meaningful because that’s the people who voted for you, and that's the colleagues that you have for so long and to have them vote you in is just really cool” (“PFT,” NBCSN, 6/13).
TWITTER REAX: Sports media figures were quick to offer congratulatory tweets. Mary Kay Cabot: "Truly one of the best - and nicest -- in the business!" Detroit News' Angelique Chengelis: "Great honor for a deserving reporter (and an even better person)." L.A. Times' Sam Farmer: "So well deserved." CBS Sports' Amy Trask: "Take a moment to really enjoy this." NFL Network's Jane Slater: "Thank you @NFLCharean for not only your professionalism but mentorship." Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota: "Her name belongs in Canton." ESPN's Stephania Bell: "Charean sets an example for all sportswriters."