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Chicago Tribune Silver Football

Chicago Tribune Silver Football
Awarded for the college football player determined to be the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference
Location Chicago, Illinois
Country United States
Presented by Chicago Tribune
First awarded 1924
Currently held by Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
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The Chicago Tribune Silver Football is awarded by the Chicago Tribune to the college football player determined to be the best player from the Big Ten Conference.[1] The award has been presented annually since 1924, when Red Grange of Illinois was the award's first recipient.[1]

The winner of the Silver Football is determined by a vote of Big Ten head football coaches.[1] Each coach submits a two-player ballot with a first and second choice, and coaches cannot vote for players on their own team.[1] The first-place vote receives two points and the second-place vote receives one point.[1]

Coaches and media of the Big Ten also make annual selections for additional individual honors.


  • Recipients 1
    • Winners by school 1.1
  • See also 2
  • References 3


See footnote[1]

Winners by school

School Winners
Michigan 17
Ohio State 16
Iowa 10
Wisconsin 9
Illinois 7
Indiana 7
Minnesota 6
Purdue 6
Northwestern 5
Michigan State 3
Penn State 3
Chicago 2

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rosenthal, Phil (December 3, 2009). "Chicago Tribune Silver Football, the Big Ten's MVP award, is headed to TV". Tower Ticker. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
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