Dimitroff Named Horrigan Award Winner by PFWA

Dimitroff Named Horrigan Award Winner by PFWA

Jay Adams

Published June 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff was named the 2012 Jack Horrigan Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America, it was announced Thursday, for making himself consistently available to local and national media.

Dimitroff is the 39th winner of the Horrigan Award and is the first NFL general manager since 2006 and third member of the Falcons organization to earn the honor from PFWA. President & CEO Rich McKay was named the Horrigan Award winner in 2005.

The Horrigan Award is given to the league or club official for his or her qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job. The award is named for Horrigan, who was a sportswriter for UPI and the Buffalo Evening News, public relations director for the American Football League (1963-66) and vice president of public relations for the Buffalo Bills (1966-73).

“Thomas has been very accommodating to the media, both locally and nationally,” said PFWA First Vice-President, D. Orlando Ledbetter, who covers the Falcons for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It is not surprise that the PFWA members have chosen to recognize his efforts. He made himself available to local and national members before the Julio Jones trade was announced to explain the team’s rationale. Once the lockout was over, he provided access through the frenzied start of training camp and the free-agency period to our members. This accessibility continued throughout the season and into the playoffs.”

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