Kowalski wins McCann award from PFWA

Tom Kowalski has posthumously won the 2012 Dick McCann Award for

his contributions to pro football though his coverage of the

Detroit Lions for 32 years.

The Professional Football Writers of America gave the award to

the former Detroit Lions beat writer who died in August at age 51.

He covered the Lions in parts of five decades, beginning at the

Oakland Press in 1978 before moving to the Booth Newspapers chain

and its website, MLive.com.

The award is named for the first director of the Pro Football

Hall of Fame, who also was a reporter in New York and Washington

before becoming the Redskins’ publicist and later, the team’s

general manager.

Kowalski will be honored in Canton, Ohio, during the weekend of

the Hall’s enshrinement festivities.

The PFWA announced the honor on Friday.