After a career season for Maxx Crosby, he was nominated for another award to add to his other achievements from the 2021 season.
Crosby is one of five finalists for the Pro Football Writers Association George Halas Award. The award, named after the late owner of the Chicago Bears, is given to an NFL player, coach or staff member who has overcome great adversity to achieve success.
The 2019 fourth-round pick from Eastern Michigan has endured great adversity throughout his NFL run. After a 10-sack rookie season, Crosby checked himself into a rehab to battle alcoholism. Crosby has since taken his game to the next level, while being open about his sobriety.
In his third season in the NFL, he captained the Silver and Black team and helped them qualify for the playoffs. Additionally, he was an AP Second Team All-Pro selection and won the Defensive MVP award for the 2022 Pro Bowl.
On the second anniversary of his sobriety, he signed a multi-year extension to stay with the team that drafted him.
“I know over the past two years how much work I’ve put in, how much sacrifice, so much growth in everything I’ve done and it’s paid off,” Crosby said at the time.
Former Washington Commanders quarterback Alex Smith won the George Halas Award last year for his comeback from a serious leg injury. Other finalists for the award this year with Crosby are Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, and Chicago Eagles head coach. Washington Commanders Ron Rivera.