Former Ravens head athletic coach Bill Tessendorf will obtain the 2024 Award of Excellence, the Pro Football Hall of Fame introduced Wednesday.

Tessendorf turns into the third former Raven to obtain this distinguished recognition. Former tools supervisor Ed Carroll was a part of the inaugural class of contributors honored with the Award of Excellence. In 2023, former Executive Vice President of Public and Community Relations Kevin Byrne additionally earned the award.

Beginning his NFL coaching profession with the Cleveland Browns in 1973, Tessendorf moved with the franchise to Baltimore in 1996 and remained with the Ravens till his retirement following the 2010 season.

“Bill was a coach after I performed for the Browns, and the quantity of care and a focus he gave to me and the opposite gamers was second to none,” Ravens Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome acknowledged. “When I retired and went into teaching and scouting, I may all the time depend upon Bill when it got here to medical info on gamers or their availability to have the ability to apply or play. I had quite a lot of confidence and belief in what he would inform me.

“Upon turning into the top of personnel, having had that historical past with Bill, there was quite a lot of consolation for me to know that any time I went all the way down to that coaching room, the data I acquired from him was so credible. Bill was a tireless employee and had many alternative abilities apart from within the coaching room – he truly helped design this apply facility we’re in. He had quite a lot of distinctive skills that made an impression on our group, and I’m so proud that Bill is being acknowledged in Canton.”

Tessendorf was typically acknowledged for his excellent work throughout his 38-year NFL profession. In 1998 he received the National Athletic Trainers Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. In 2009 he received the NFL Physician Society’s Fain Cain Memorial Award, given to the league’s most excellent coach of the yr.

“You’ve acquired to be a individuals individual on this enterprise,” Tessendorf stated when retiring in 2011. “I’ve gotten to work with some Hall of Famers and a few soon-to-be Hall of Famers after they determine to retire. There’s been quite a lot of guys who are actually head coaches. They’re all particular individuals to me.”

During his lengthy tenure, Tessendorf was revered all through the group for his professionalism and persona.

“Congratulations to ‘Bill T’ for his well-deserved Hall of Fame recognition,” Ravens chief medical officer Dr. Andrew Tucker added. “Bill was the consummate skilled and a person of nice integrity. He was devoted, tireless, a selfless servant, and a talented and educated athletic coach whose contributions to the Ravens far exceeded his athletic coaching place. Bill is really one of many ‘GOATs’ in our occupation. Further, he has a Hall of Fame spouse, Nan, who supported him all alongside the way in which. Congratulations to Bill, Nan and their daughter, Amy.”

Tessendorf will probably be acknowledged by the Hall of Fame alongside the opposite 14 Award of Excellence recipients in Canton with a night reception on June 26 and a luncheon on June 27. The occasion will probably be emceed by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.