Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, accessible and enthusiastic in his cooperation with the media covering the team on a daily basis, has been selected as the 2014 Jack Horrigan Award winner by the Professional Football Writers of America.
Carroll, the 41st Horrigan Award winner, is the second member of the Seahawks organization to receive the honor from the PFWA. Former head coach Mike Holmgren won the award in 2008. Carroll is the first head coach to win the Horrigan Award since Rex Ryan of the New York Jets in 2011.
Carroll is widely regarded by beat writers as being quotable during his media sessions, and he has been accessible and cooperative with the media since he became Seahawks head coach in 2010. He showed those traits during the Seahawks' run to their first Super Bowl title.
The Horrigan Award is given to the league or club official for his or her qualities and professional style in helping the pro football writers do their job. The award is named for Horrigan, who was a sportswriter for UPI and the Buffalo Evening News, public relations director for the American Football League (1963-66) and vice president of public relations for the Buffalo Bills (1966-73).