Darren Waller | Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
Both are worthy candidates for the Pro Football Writers of America’s annual award nominations
The organization (full disclosure: I have been a long-time member) announced the nominations on Tuesday. The winners will be announced later in the summer. Here is a list of all the nominations.
Las Vegas’ standout tight end Darren Waller is nominated for the George Halas Award. It goes to the NFL player, coach or staff member who most overcomes adversity. Waller has fought substance abuse and was suspended for the entire 2017 season. He joined the Raiders practice squad in 2018 and has become an elite player at his position. He is one of five nominees for the award.
Rod Marinelli, who joined the Raiders’ staff this year and who worked for head coach Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay, is one of eight nominees for the Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award. It is a lifetime achievement award for NFL assistant coaches. There will be two winners this year.
This is Marinelli’s 25th year as an NFL coach. He is known as one of the best defensive line coaches in NFL history.
The PFWA 2020 Off-Field Awards balloting runs through June 19, with the final results announced beginning June 22.
Click here to see the full list of what members will be voting on.