launched on June 14, 2011 and quickly planted its flag on the sporting landscape.
There is one group to thank: Our growing army of writers. They are the lifeblood of Football Nation, the citizen soldiers who carried FN’s Old Glory of the gridiron onto the sports-media battlefield. Put most simply, Football Nation’s victories during its debut season would not be possible without them.
Football Nation began with a clean slate in June. Today, the FN team is now more than 1,000 contributors strong – growing each day – and they have already published more than 4,000 articles.
With our very first campaign now in the rear view mirror, it’s the perfect time to hand out battle stars to our top performers – those writers who went above and beyond the call of duty, helped establish FN as a budding superpower and began to earn recognition for themselves beyond the pages of FN.
These awards will become an annual event. Consider them tokens of appreciation from a grateful Football Nation
THE FIRST FOOTBALL NATION WRITER AWARDS
FN Writer Of The Year– $500
"Captain Comeback" Scott Kacsmar turned the Football Nation platform into a reputation as a rising star in the football media.
His Captain Comeback column was one of the most widely read columns in the FN portfolio, Kacsmar himself was our most-read contributor, and his work was widely quoted in major media around the country, from ESPN to numerous newspapers, websites and chat boards. He was also contacted by NFL Network late in the season to help with one of its research projects and wowed them with his professionalism.
Kacsmar drove his own success, with great research and writing, prolific posts on Twitter and his own outreach to the sports media. He earned 74 Game Balls during the season and along the way become the first Football Nation writer to be paid for his work. He used FN to continue to establish his voice in the sports media and is a great example of the power of the growing Football Nation platform.
FN Column Of The Year
“Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups” by Jared Dang
Jared delivered his incredibly in-depth “Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups” column each week during the NFL season. His unique brand of analysis was a hit with the FN audience, as 12 of his “Waiver Wire” pieces attracted over 1,000 views.
Most Popular FN Story of the Year
“Week 3 Power Rankings: Bills? Lions? Yup, Really” by Jeff Sperber
Jeff’s article “Week 3 Power Rankings: Bills? Lions? Yup, Really” accumulated a whopping 24,612 views, the most of any Football Nation article to date. It serves as a great example of how any article can catch fire via social media outlets.
FN Inside Access Award
Jennifer worked her connections with the New Orleans Saints this year and was able to land interviews with wide receivers Lance Moore and Robert Meachem, and punter Thomas Morstead.
Best NFL Playoff & Super Bowl Coverage
Tom stepped up to the plate during the NFL’s “second season”, delivering 20 well-researched articles such as “Greatest Snow/Weather Games In NFL Playoff History”, “Ten Forgotten Plays In Super Bowl History” and “Recipe For A Wildcard Streak”.
FN Beat Writer of the Year
Alan K. Fox
Alan provided blanket coverage of the Oregon Ducks during the college football season. In addition to a weekly column, Alan published an interview with running back Kenjon Barner, was a frequent guest on Football Nation’s SiriusXM radio show, and even snapped his own game photos from field level at Duck games.
FN Assignment King (Published Most FN Assignments)
Shawn converted more FN assignments into published articles than anyone on our writer team (71 as of February 18). Look up the word “reliability” in the dictionary, and you’ll find Shawn’s FN profile.
FN Ball Hog (Most Game Balls)
Jason has earned more FN Game Balls (112 as of February 18) than anyone in our army of writers. Jason’s specialty is Fantasy Football analysis, as evidenced by his weekly game-by-game previews and recaps.
FN Workhorse Awards
John has published 102 articles for Football Nation. His clever weekly columns “NFL Picks,” “NFL Red Carpet,” College Football Picks,” and “College Football Red Carpet” were staples throughout the football season.
Anthony has written 99 articles and earned 74 Game Balls. If you peruse Anthony’s FN profile, you’ll find remarkable diversity in the subject matter he covered.
Daniel has produced 88 articles and earned 84 Game Balls. His sweet spot may be the ACC and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he’s proven he can tackle any football topic in the NFL or NCAA.
We thank you for being proud Citizens of Football Nation! Exciting plans for 2012 are already underway to expand FN's industry footprint and bring new opportunities to our army of writers.
* More syndication partners such as SI.com, Yahoo, Fox Sports and Metro
* Writer workshop series led by industry veteran Jon Segal
* More video content and opportunities
* The addition of slideshows to the writer platform
The 2012 season will bring incredible second-year features, enhancements, and surprises that will make you and 117 million other football fans active, engaged and proud Citizens of Football Nation!