Brennan Award

Michael Brennan Spirit Award


The Michael Brennan Spirit Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the cause for cystic fibrosis and the game of football.The 1999 UnitedHealthcare Empire Challenge football game was dedicated to the memory of Michael Brennan, Boomer Esiason Foundation intern. All players who participated in the game wore an “MB” emblem on their helmets to honor the memory of Michael.Michael’s favorite song was Some Days Are Diamonds by John Denver The lyrics “…some days are diamonds, some days are stones”….. related to his life: the ups and downs, and the struggles of living with cystic fibrosis.
The Past Recipients Of this Prestigious Award Are:
2019 – Bobby Campbell
2018 – Hans Wiederkehr
2017 – Larry Cuzi
2016 – Elliot Fleishhacker
2015 – Bob O’Brien
2014 – Brianna Collichio
2013 – Linda and Bill Romaine
2012 – Mike Quick
2011 – Brian Mulligan
2010 – Larry Roth
2009 – Bryan Collins
2008 – The Conklin Family
2007 – Kevin Adler
2006 – Empire Challenge Trainers: Joseph Callahan (NYC), Jeffery Corben (LI), Chris Kalinoglu (NYC), Joseph Killeen (LI), Whittney Smith (NYC), Robert Sullivan (LI), Mike Wulforst (LI), Jim Zegers (NYC)
2005 – Lou Desiderio
2004 – Rich Rossetti and Chris Pasquariello
2003 – Norm Murray
2002 – George Botsch, Jr.
2001 – Mike Kensil
2000 – Jim DiBenedetto
1999 – Pete Blieberg