Don Banks, whose 36-year sports activities writing profession included greater than 16 years at Sports activities Illustrated’s web site, has been chosen because the Dick McCann Award winner by the Skilled Soccer Writers of America.
Banks, who died final August whereas overlaying the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame weekend, had lately been employed by the Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal as its NFL correspondent earlier than his demise.
The McCann Award is given to a reporter who has made an extended and distinguished contribution to professional soccer via protection. The award is known as for the primary director of the Corridor of Fame (1962-67) and a longtime sports activities author and columnist.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the PFWA for recognizing Don with this award, as well as to the loyal readers who supported him throughout his career,” stated Alissa Banks, his widow. “Don’s work was his passion, and he would truly be humbled by this recognition. I choose to think that he is celebrating this great honor right along with those who love and miss him.”
Banks started his profession overlaying prep sports activities as an intern with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Occasions. He went on to cowl the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990 for the Occasions earlier than transferring to Minnesota to cowl the Vikings and the NFL for the Minneapolis Star Tribune (1996-99) and later the St. Paul Pioneer Press (1999-2000).
In 2000, he was employed as NFL columnist for SI.com. His “Snap Judgments” columns on Sunday evenings had been learn constantly by followers and his colleagues.
His first story for the Evaluate-Journal was revealed hours earlier than he died in Canton, Ohio, the place his shut good friend Sam Farmer was being honored with the McCann Award.
“On top of being a dogged and tireless reporter and an unforgettable storyteller, Don could do uncanny impersonations. That spoke to his meticulous eye for detail, and that carried over into his stories,” stated Farmer, of the Los Angeles Occasions. “He may establish a granular trait or factor or development that may in any other case have gone unnoticed, and he put it into phrases. From that time ahead, you by no means checked out one thing the identical manner.
Don was universally appreciated and revered, and unfailingly beneficiant in sharing his expertise and knowledge with youthful reporters.”
Different nominees for the McCann Award had been Jarrett Bell (USA In the present day), Vic Carucci (Buffalo Information), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com), Gary Myers, and Barry Wilner (The Related Press).