In 1961, Chuck Bednarik received the first-ever award John Wanamaker Athletic Award. Since then, it has been given annually to the person, team, or organization that has best acknowledged the City of Brotherly Love and the team or sport in which they excel. Since Concrete Charlie's nod, five other Philadelphia Eagles were awarded before this year as was the Super Bowl-winning team in 2018. LeSean McCoy was the last player to be recognized. In 2023, the decision was made to honor two more Birds. Something tells us you may have heard of them.
As always, the award was announced by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau's
PHL Sports in partnership with the City of Philadelphia. As always, it was presented by PHL Sports, the City of Philadelphia, CBS News Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Your winners... Jalen Hurts and Jason Kelce.
Jalen Hurts and Jason Kelce and Jalen Hurts continue to represent the Eagles and Philadelphia in the classy manner that they always have.
Ask around, and you'll learn very quickly that the love Eagles fans worldwide and the city of Philadelphia hold for both Jalen Hurts and Jason Kelce is pretty palpable. As they always have done, they responded in kind by giving that love back immediately. Here are a couple of quotes from a nice write-up by CBS News' Frederick Sinclair.
The first comes from QB1.
"It's an honor to be the 2023 John Wanamaker Athletic Award recipient and to be recognized by PHL Sports at this level," Hurts said in a press release. "It means even more to receive this honor alongside my teammate and friend, Jason Kelce. He has played an integral role in my journey with the Philadelphia Eagles and is a key component to our team. I respect the DNA of Philadelphia and I'm proud to represent the city wherever I go. The support that I have from the city and fans around the world propels me to excel in everything that I do. It's really a Philly thing."- Jalen Hurts
Here's what the future Hall of Famer had to say.
"It is an honor to be recognized by PHL Sports as a co-recipient of the prestigious John Wanamaker Athletic Award," Kelce said in a press release. "What makes this even more rewarding for me personally is that I get to share it with Jalen, a great teammate, friend, and competitor who loves this city as much as I do. To be mentioned in the same breath with some of the past Wanamaker Award recipients is humbling. I want to thank PHL Sports once again for this recognition and would like to extend my congratulations to all the honorees this year."- Jason Kelce
Award winners are recognized at a luncheon every year. Next up on the work schedule for Hurts and Kelce are a few practices before heading to Missouri to tackle the Kansas City Chiefs to conclude the NFL's 11th week of action on Monday Night Football.