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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


For his ability to lead game-winning drives, for his Walter Payton Award as the best player in the FCS, and because he brought the most positive sports attention to Delaware County in 2014, Villanova quarterback John Robertson is the Daily Times Sports Figure of the Year.
He becomes the fifth Villanova sports figure since 1996 to win the award, and the third from the Villanova football program, joining Andy Talley (2009) and Matt Szczur (2010).
“I think it is a great experience,” Robertson said. “Getting your name out there with the great people who have won the award in the past is humbling. To have your name included with those people, it is just a great honor.”

The previous winners:

1996: Kate Fonshell, Penncrest High, Villanova, track
1997: John Mobley, Chichester High, football
1998: Bo Ryan, Chester High, basketball
1999: Pat Croce, Lansdowne-Aldan High, basketball
1999: Leroy Burrell, Penn Wood High, Sports Figure of the Millennium, track
2000: Emily deRiel, Haverford High, pentathlon
2001: Brendan Hansen, Haverford High, swimming
2002: Mike Scioscia, Springfield High, baseball
2003: Harry Perretta, Monsignor Bonner High, Villanova, basketball
2004: Brendan Hansen, Haverford High, swimming
2005: Kevin Clancy, Strath Haven High, football
2006: Vince Papale, Interboro High, football
2007: Dan Connor, Strath Haven High, football
2008: Fred Pickett, Chester High, basketball
2009: Andy Talley, Haverford High, Villanova, football
2010: Matt Szczur, Villanova, football, baseball
2011: Philadelphia Union, Chester, soccer
2012: Larry Yarbray, Chester High, basketball
2013: Merion Golf Club, Haverford, golf
2014: John Robertson, Villanova, football


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