The 2022 Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night

Where: Burlington Marriott Hotel, Burlington, MA

When: Monday, December 19, 2022. Social Hour 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $100 per person of $1000 per table of ten

Send your check to Dick Lawrence, Treasurer, P.O. Box 571, Ipswich, MA 01938


Click on this link to pay via credit card:

This year’s award recipients:

84th annual George “Bulger” Lowe Award for New England’s best players in FBS/FCS Division: Boston College senior wide receiver Xavien “Zay” Flowers (Fort Lauderdale, FL) for offense and Harvard defensive lineman and team captain Truman Jones (Atlanta, GA) for defense.  

76th annual Swede Nelson Award for sportsmanship, academics, and athletic achievement: Boston College graduate linebacker Vinny DePalma (Wayne, NJ) in the FBS/FCS Division and Bates senior linebacker Tony Hooks (New Rochelle, NY) in Divisions II/III.  

26th annual Joe Zabilski Award for New England’s best players in Divisions II/III: UMass-Dartmouth junior quarterback Dante Aviles-Santos  (Cumberland, RI) for offense and Wesleyan University senior tackle Nick Helbig (Groton, CT) for defense.

Head Coach of the Year Awards: Bob Chesney of undefeated (11-0) Holy Cross in the FBS/FCS and Jeff Devanney of undefeated (9-0) Trinity College in Divisions II/III.

Assistant Coach of the Year Awards: Merrimack College associate head coach and defense coordinator Mike Gennetti  in FBS/FCS and Endicott College associate head coach and defensive coordinator Matt Popino  in Divisions II/III.

Joseph McKenney Award for top collegiate official: Bill O’Brien, an umpire in the Ivy, Colonial, and Patriot Leagues.

John Baronian Award for Lifetime Contribution to Football: Richard T. Lawrence (Tufts ’53) of Ipswich, who starred for the post World War II Jumbos and who has served the Gridiron Club for 25 years as its president, secretary, and treasurer.

To reserve tickets ($100 each, $1000 for table of ten) for the Bob Whelan College Awards Night, send your check to the Gridiron Club, P.O. Box 571, Ipswich, MA 01938, or click on to pay on line.

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