By John Turney
The other gaps you see are weeks the AP did not release any awards. In 1963 it wasn't until Week 6 that they began the awards. In coming seasons, 1964 for example, they only went from Week 5 through Week 11. We couldn't begin to guess why. But eventually it became a weekly award and named some interesting, even esoteric names, which we like.
There are lots of players whose names you'd expect, but there are a few
Schmitz is not the only defender to get the weekly award, Larry Wilson of the Cardinals won the Week 12 citation.
One note, the weeks on the chart are for the season week, which does not correlate with the date. The dates on the chart are the day the AP story ran, which was in the middle of the week, with the games being played on the previous Sundays (or Friday, Saturday or on occasion Monday).
So, with that
Here is the AP
crossed the wire on December 5, 1963 story than Vander Kelen's day: about
Note: Thanks to BD Sullivan of the PFRA who noted the Week 12 games in the AFL were cancelled due to the tragic assassination of President John F.