Chip Kelly celebrated his first anniversary as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles by earning a prestigious award.
Exactly one year after being named Andy Reid's successor, Kelly won the Maxwell Football Club's Greasy Neale award as Pro Coach of the Year on Thursday.
Kelly will be feted along with other honorees from the NFL, college and high school football at the 77th annual Maxwell Awards banquet Friday, March 14 at Revel casino-hotel.
The banquet will be held at Revel for the first time after a 10-year run at Harrah's Atlantic City.
Kelly earned the honor for leading the Eagles to an impressive turnaround this season. A year after they went 4-12 under Reid, Kelly guided them to a 10-6 record and helped the team win their first NFC East title and playoff berth since the 2010 season.
He became the third Eagles coach to win the award since it was created in 1989, joining Ray Rhodes (1995) and Reid (2002, 2010). Reid also was a contender for this year's award after guiding the Kansas City Chiefs' comeback. The Chiefs went 11-5 this season and reached the playoffs after going 2-14 in 2012.
Former Eagles owner and NFL commissioner Bert Bell founded the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club in 1937. The first 66 banquets were held in Philadelphia before current Maxwell Football Club president Ron Jaworski arranged to move it to Atlantic City in 2004.
Jaworski, a former Eagles quarterback, has strong ties to Atlantic County. He owns Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Galloway Township and holds his annual charity golf tournament at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield.
Notes: Tickets for the banquet at Revel can be purchased ($300 apiece, $3,000 for a table of 10 and $3,500 for a table of 12) on the club’s website:
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