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Individual Accolades Often The Result Of Great Team Performances

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Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, is the Northwestern University Head Football Coach. Prior to coaching, his College Football Hall of Fame career included twice being named an All-American, twice winning both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards, and leading Northwestern to back-to-back Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl appearance in the mid-90's.

Northwestern Football would not be where it is today without Pat Fitzgerald, leading the program both as a player in the mid-90’s and present day as a coach. For his achievements on the field, Fitzgerald was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. While he is humbled by the honor, he recognizes that this distinction given to him was made possible with the help of great teammates, coaches, and teams. In such a team-oriented sport like football, it is hard for one player to stand out without the help of dedicated coaches and teammates which is why Fitzgerald acknowledges all those that made it possible for him to be a star at Northwestern. Individual accolades are the result of great team performances, Fitzgerald says.